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"This very valuable book presents a stunning case for the necessity of multidisciplinary studies. It demonstrates, through impressive quantitative and logical argument, that reductionist paradigms are insufficient to tackle the compelling questions raised by highly complex systems—much less to solve most of the problems facing today's college students."—Bryan Pfaffenberger, University of Virginia


"This very important book provides a careful look at the inadequacies of our present approach to understanding and learning. There has been an explosion of work focusing on complexity, but Kline does what most of this work does not do: he both identifies the deficiencies of reductionism and provides a structure for moving toward complexity." —Don E. Kash, George Mason University


"Refreshingly bold in his approach, the author is not merely concerned with the "advantages" or "attractiveness" of multidisciplinary approaches to contemporary problems. Rather, he argues in a robust manner for the necessity of multidisciplinary discourse. . . . The book is written in an accessible style that is far from dry and, without sliding into flippancy, pithy humour is evident throughout."—Patrick J. J. Phillips

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“This very valuable book presents a stunning case for the necessity of multidisciplinary studies. It demonstrates, through impressive quantitative and logical argument, that reductionist paradigms are insufficient to tackle the compelling questions raised by highly complex systems—much less to solve most of the problems facing today’s college students.”—Bryan Pfaffenberger, University of Virginia
“This very important book provides a careful look at the inadequacies of our present approach to understanding and learning. There has been an explosion of work focusing on complexity, but Kline does what most of this work does not do: he both identifies the deficiencies of reductionism and provides a structure for moving toward complexity.” —Don E. Kash, George Mason University
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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804724091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804724098
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,215,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary D. Patterson on August 15, 2012
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While "multidisciplinary thinking" has become a buzzword, this book is the actual basis for this concept and its implementation in academia.
Essential reading for any forward looking teacher or administrator.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 2000
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This book, the results of 25 years of interdisciplinary teching at Stanford is well written for an engineering or business audience or university faculty; good examples and charts. It argues a worthy cause that every serious pactical issues must be considered from several levels, e.g., psychological, sociological and ecological. His model derives clearly from Kenneth Boulding's typology of systems published 40 years ago. It appears that he has not taken notice of developments since then, though his bibliography is full of more recent writing. He does not recognize the incredible changes brought about in system thinking or epistemology since 1965. He ignores the "metafluctuation" of which Erich Jantsch writes in 1980, which presents a new paradigm of process thinking that appears in the work of Prigogine, Kauffman, Maturana, various writers on second cybernetics, and many others. He seems to be ignorant in the contemporary work in choice or action theory.
So, maybe useful for discussion in a university currcular development, but of little value in achieving the author's long time goal of multidiscipninary research and policy discourse.
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