Top positive review
September 25, 2018
This is by far, the most comprehensive book that I have ever read on Systems Thinking. Outstanding intellectual journey of science, history and philosophy to develop the systems view of life.
While the book is categorized as science oriented given the authors' physics background, the Systems Thinker is so much more than science.
The underlying theories apply to all aspects of human activity such as law, economics, society, government etc. The essence of the book is the disconnect between the non-linear processes based on relationships, forms, feedback loops and our linear models that stem from a conventional, cause-effect world view. This gap in thinking and reality explains why humanity faces so many ecological and social problems.
The book starts by providing the development from Newtonian mechanistic thinking to an evolving holistic approach and how that transition occurred. It tackles more scientific fields as physics, biology, chemistry, even sociology where changes in focus have been made. He explains how thinking shifted from analyzing small particles to looking things as a whole. We live in a time where all current systems of human thought from physics to politics are dominated by a set of underlying assumptions, that are mostly outdated and no longer work in a very different world that is more interdependent and connected than ever before in human history.
Even if you don't have a science background the authors present the material in a coherent way. This is a must read if you are interested in complexity and systems theory or if you are looking at issues of sustainability.