Prof’s Systems Books


Books by the Author

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Ingenious Ape Ascending(Click to read/download)

Establishes a novel discipline—a “Systems Anthropology”—which relates the biological systems within each of us humans to the social systems, societal systems, human activity systems, etc., we form, and have formed since we started out as a species in East Africa…it also looks forward to our survival on the increasingly hostile planet Earth, of our own making…

The book has been published in Apple Books, and can be accessed through the Books icon, to be found on Apple devices: desktops, laptops, iPads, iPhones…

However, you can also view it on line, here, or download it, as you wish…click on the graphic

Putting Systems to Work (Click for book and to download your copy…)

Written back in 1992, this was a seminal book about systems, systems thinking, systems concepts & ideas, systems practices, and systems engineering. How to conceive systems, how to design systems, how to apporach human activity systems, forward-looking systems tools & methods, and so on. So, a cornucopia of systems ideas and approaches. Too soon? Perhaps! Contemporary systems engineering some 30 years later has some way to go before it even begins to catch up…

Getting to Grips with Complexity (On-line Book - eBook -  addressing a tricky subject - not for the faint hearted!)

This is an on-line book which examines the subject of complexity, what is it, how does it come about, should we be concerned, can we exploit it, and so on!

It even comes up with an alternative to the 2nd law of thermodynamics - the Law of Entropic Cycling. Cheeky! But very serious, too…

Aim, Objectives and Activities of Systems Engineering - A Guide to Proper Practice (Also on-line)

This is the original on which the IEE's Draft Guide to the Proper Practice of Systems engineering was based. Patrick Moore, John Boarder and myself formed an executive subcommittee within the IEE's Systems Engineering Executive Committee and came up with this as the basis for formal practice.

Unfortunately, the IEE - in its wisdom, and allegedly in the person of one John Parnaby - decided that it did not approve of the guide. Apparently John felt that his company did not run like this. No comment.

You may read the guide and make up your own mind, here