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A Treatise on Systems (volume 1)

Analytical Descriptions of Human-Information Networks

by Mark Burgess

A Treatise on Systems (volume 1)

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Book Description

Network and System Administration usually refers only to the traditional skills and recipes for keeping computers and networks running properly. But, in truth, this view omits the most important part of the system: humans. The skill needed to comprehend and tame systems comprising both humans and machines is that of managing complexity. In this book, first written in 2002 and updated now, Mark Burgess summarizes the scientific foundations for modelling resources,efficiency, and security of human-machine systems. The lessons learned from this volume led to the development of Promise Theory, covered in volume 2, and represent a significant step forward in describing functional systems with a multiscale approach that embodies both dynamics and semantics.

This book serves as guide to graduate students and researchers in the development of a new science of systems, and further illustrates practical tools for engineers at the top of their field. Although it tackles many complicated issues, the book takes the form of an overview, in lecture form.

This open book is licensed under a Open Publication License (OPL). You can download A Treatise on Systems (volume 1) ebook for free in PDF format (2.6 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Science and its methods
Chapter 3
Experiment and observation
Chapter 4
Simple systems
Chapter 5
Sets, states and logic
Chapter 6
Diagrammatical representations
Chapter 7
System Variables
Chapter 8
Change in systems
Chapter 9
Information and influence
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Resource networks
Chapter 12
Task management and services
Chapter 13
System architectures
Chapter 14
System normalization
Chapter 15
System integrity
Chapter 16
Policy and maintenance
Chapter 17
Knowledge, learning and training
Chapter 18
Policy transgressions, promises not kept, and fault modelling
Chapter 19
Decision and strategy
Chapter 20

Book Details

A Treatise on Systems (volume 1)
Computer Science
ISBN13 Digital
ISBN10 Digital
PDF Size
2.6 MB
Open Publication License

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