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TitleSystems Theory and Biology [electronic resource] : Proceedings of the III Systems Symposium at Case Institute of Technology / edited by M. D. Mesaroviฤ{135}
ImprintBerlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1968
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-88343-9
Descript XII, 403 p. 30 illus. online resource

SUMMARY

By J OHN A. HRONES Provost, Case Institute 0/ Technology SYSTEMS have been the subject of man's study for many hundreds of years. Thus, the solar system has been the concern of the astronomer. The study of the allocation of material and human resources within the boundaries of an industrial firm or a government has been the concern of the economist. The subject of such studies have been widely known as economic systems. Medieal men have worked with the human body. Thus, man has attempted to deal with a complicated array of interconnected elements since the very earliest of recorded time. In his attcmpt to improve his understanding of physieal systems the need to concentrate on a specific kind of system, e.g., the solar system. the human body, became more imperative. However in recent years there has begun to grow and develop an increasing number of people who are working on thc development of general systems theory and analysis. Such a development is based upon the belief that certain view points, certain kinds of mathematics and technologieal procedures can be applied to a wide variety of important systems with considerable profit. The presยญ sures for the development of such a body of knowledge grew with the deยญ velopment of a technologieal socicty


CONTENT

Systems Theory and Biologyโ{128}{148}View of a Biologist -- Multi-level Systems and Biologyโ{128}{148}View of a Submolecular Biologist -- Systems Theory and Biologyโ{128}{148}View of a Theoretician -- Biochemical Regulations -- Differentiation in the Cellular Slime Mold -- Transformations, Semigroups, and Metabolism -- A Continuous System Model of Adrenocortical Function -- A Finite State Model for the Control of Adrenal Corticosteroid Secretion -- Formulation of Finite State Models of Biological Control Systems -- New Developments in System Theory Relevant to Biology -- Some Quantitative Aspects Concerning the Trophic Role of the Nerve Cell -- Functional Components of Systems Controlling Behavior in Some Primitive Animals -- The Brain Stem Coreโ{128}{148}An Integrative Matrix -- Some Mechanisms for a Theory of The Reticular Formation -- The Functional System as a Unit of Organism Integrative Activity


Mathematics Life sciences Systems biology System theory Biological systems Mathematics Systems Theory Control Life Sciences general Systems Biology Biological Networks Systems Biology



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