Beginner's Guide to Systems Large and Small
The Third Edition of SYSTEMANTICS™
The Indispensable Handbook of Systems-behavior, written specifically
for all of us who must daily cope with the Pitfalls, Foibles, and
Failures of the Systems that make up our Modern World.
BOOKS GALL, BUT GALL'S BOOK WORKS."
— William Safire
GENERAL SYSTEMANTICS™ PRESS
is proud to announce the revised and much enlarged THIRD edition of SYSTEMANTICS™,
THE UNDERGROUND TEXT OF SYSTEMS LORE. Sixteen years in preparation, this THIRD
Edition includes a new Preface, three new chapters, new AXIOMS, THEOREMS AND
RULES OF THUMB, and many new Horrible Examples, for a total of 40 chapters
covering the entire field from the PRIMAL SCENARIO to the FAIL-SAFE
THEOREM and including the celebrated definition of GARBAGE that is
fundamental to any real understanding of SYSTEMANTICS™.
The FIRST EDITION of SYSTEMANTICS™
was "highly recommended" by the American Association for the
Advancement of Science's Science Books and Films and has since been
translated into Spanish, German, Hebrew, and Japanese.
The SECOND EDITION has been favorably reviewed in the Whole
Earth Catalogue (1986) by Kevin Kelly: "The author is having fun with a
serious subject . . . insights come in the form of marvelously succinct rules of
thumb, in the spirit of Murphy's Law and the Peter Principle." And Computer
Book Review remarks, "From 'Function-and-Failure' to 'Management and
Other Myths', here's a collection of witty observations… grown into mature
rules of thumb."
Bible™. 3d ed. 316+xxv pages. 2002.
ISBN 0-9618251-7-0 (Softcover)