Lec 18 - University of California, Berkeley Engineering 124...

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University of California, Berkeley Professor Kastenberg Engineering 124 Impacts of Technology on Society Engineering 124 Lecture 18 Mar. 22, 2007 Introduction to Complex Systems and General Systems Theory A system o a set of objects (parts, components, or subsystems) o a set of attributes of the objects (mass, on/off, temp, charge…) o a set of relationships between the parts and a set of relationships between the attributes o (the set of objects defines a boundary around the system which may be physical or conceptual) o Examples of systems: Earth, engineered systems o Earth System Energy Air, Soil, Water Life Energy Life emerges out of this picture of the earth o General Systems Theory The system cannot be reduced to it’s parts without altering the relationships between components Or there are properties exhibited by the system as a whole that are not exhibited by the parts alone The system has permeable boundaries and is continually in a process of
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