- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: General Systemantics Pr/Liberty (January 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0961825170
- ISBN-13: 978-0961825171
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Systems Bible: The Beginner's Guide to Systems Large and Small Paperback – January, 2003
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For those of us that work on (or in) system, this is a must read book.
You'll understand why the Federal government and computer systems work the way they do.
After reading this, every time a colleague complained about a system (computer or otherwise) I'd just smile and think of something I read in this book. System's have their own behaviors and own rules.
Reading this book will help you understand the trade-offs of systems.
Otherwise, the book itself is entertaining. The best part is all of the anecdotal evidence they produce to "prove" their theorems about systems.
I first read it in the early 1990s as "Systemantics," which is no longer available under that title. The author has added to it substantially and changed the title (which I wish he hadn't done) but it is still a light-hearted review of all those dysfunctional systems upon which we continue to rely. God bless them all!
Good examples with handy mnemonics. Deep wisdom that will leave you thinking for years to come.
I have had the first two editions (originally published as "Systemantics") and it has been like a career guidebook to recognizing the pitfalls and simple stupidity that is now the hallmark of modern American business, and really any human-made system ever made.
It's as if a conference room full of engineering professors have a few drinks to discuss Alfred Korzybski's "Science & Sanity" and Ludwig von Bertalanffy's "General Systems Theory" and wind up dishing the dirty secrets of their beloved bailiwick.
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Anyone whose nervous system is in tatters due to the stress of wrangling with the systems we surround ourselves with to make our lives easier needs to read this book.Published 4 months ago by Tonyandoc
This book is profoundly narcissistic, presumptuous, inaccurate, adolescent and quite insulting
If I were interviewing someone for a job position and they said they liked this... Read more
Though it never really died. When my dad handed me his 1970's copy of Systemantics with an illustration of the Titanic sinking on the cover, I didn't know what to expect. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Doug Wright
This is a great book for learning about systems and systems thinking. It is written in an entertaining style which makes it a good read for early learners of ST.Published on February 1, 2014 by Bobby G. Moore Jr.
If you get, you get it. The description of the book is accurate. If you're looking for an arcane theoretical treatment of systems theory, this may not be the book for you. Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by whatever
This isa book every systems engineer, computer scientist, teacher, and the listgoes on, should read. It contains a plethera of axioms pertaining to the antics of systems.Published on October 28, 2013 by Dennis Watson