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Understanding Complexity: Thought and Behaviour. By John N. Warfield. Published by AJAR Publishing Company, Palm Harbor, FL, USA, 2002, 268 pp., ISBN 0 9716962 0 9, $40.
The publication of a book written by a leading personality in Systems Science should be welcome in itself as a major publishing event. Yet reliance on the fame of an author neither provides grounds for evaluating the worth of his book nor promotes scientific discussion and is hardly compatible with the method of science, a method to which John Warfield has dedicated his efforts throughout his lifetime.
The book has as its subject 'a process aimed at resolving complexity'. Warfield's concern is to endow man with proper mental and practical tools in order to enhance his capabilities to attack complexity and to equip him with a method to carry out operations needed for the accomplishment for such a task. Being firmly …