In the previous blog post we discussed entropy. I provided you with a less well-known perspective on entropy and demonstrated that this generic perspective is fully compatible with the more traditional (and more narrow) thermodynamics view on entropy. I promised you a toy model to elucidate the information-theoretical entropy that was introduced.
An illustration of the systems approach to biology
Systems theory is the interdisciplinary study of systems in general, with the goal of elucidating principles that can be applied to all types of systems at all nesting levels in all fields of research. [ citation needed ] The term does not yet have a well-established, precise meaning, but systems theory can reasonably be considered a specialization of systems thinking , a generalization of systems science , a systems approach. The term originates from Bertalanffy 's general system theory (GST) and is used in later efforts in other fields, such as the action theory of Talcott Parsons [ 1 ] and the social systems theory of Niklas Luhmann . [ 2 ] In this context the word systems is used to refer specifically to self-regulating systems , i.e. that are self-correcting through feedback .
by David Kirshbaum