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167 Post author: lukeprog 16 January 2011 08:30AM

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Comment author: PeterisP 18 January 2011 11:19:30PM 0 points [-]

I haven't read the books you mention, but it seems that Sterman's 'Business Dynamics: Systems thinking and modeling for a complex world' covers mostly the same topics, and it felt really well written, I'd recommend that one as an option as well.

Comment author: Davidmanheim 19 January 2011 02:57:10PM 0 points [-]

I have not read it, but the title and the reviews on amazon seem to imply that the book isn't about systems theory, it's about applications of systems theory to business and economics, two great applications, but not the subject itself. Physics books may be great, and they may need to explain math, but they are not math books. If this is indeed a business book, I'd hesitate to recommend it as a book on systems theory.

Comment author: PeterisP 19 January 2011 09:06:01PM *  0 points [-]

It goes on from the reasons of systems thinking through the theoretical foundation, the maths used, and the practical applications and pretty much all common types of issues seen in real world.

It's about 5 times larger volume (~1000 A4 pages) than the Meadows' "Thinking in Systems", so not exactly textbook format, but covers the same stuff quite well and more. Though, it does spend much of the second half of the book focusing almost exclusively on practical development of system dynamics models.