"The Macroscope" by Joël de Rosnay - Old but very good


This work was first published in France under the title Le Macroscope. Vers une vision globale. © Editions du Seuil, 1975.
The complete book on a WEB Site, translated from french to english language.

Dr. Joël de Rosnay, a molecular biologist, systems theorist, science writer, and futurologist, is presently Director of Strategy of the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie at La Villette (near Paris). He is an associate of the Principia Cybernetica Project.

This book is an excellent, easy to read introduction to cybernetics and systems thinking, with applications to living organisms, the economy and the world as a whole. The main theme is that the complex systems which govern our life should be looked at as a whole, rather than be taken apart into their constituents. The different systems, processes and mechanisms are beautifully illustrated with examples and pictures. Although the text is over 40 years old, this visionary document is still highly relevant to our present situation and state of knowledge. It is particularly recommended to people who wish to get an understanding of the basic concepts and applications of systems theory and cybernetics.
One. Through the Macroscope
Two. The Systemic Revolution: A New Culture
Three. Energy and Survival
Four. Information and the Interactive Society
Five. Time and Evolution
Six. Values and Education
Seven. Scenario for a World