Developed by biologist Ludwig von Bertalanffy in the 1940's. The theory delineates rules that govern behaviors of a variety of complex system, both living and non-living. These rules can be conceptualized as systems with various interacting components. Laws could theoretically be formulated to describe how any system functioned. Systems were mapped by feedback tests. These tests involved adjusting one aspect of a system and then measuring the effect this had on the other components of the system.
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Last Updated 09.15.04