Marian Mazur (Radom, December 7, 1909 – Warsaw, January 21, 1983) was an expert in cybernetics, and author of: The Cybernetic Theory of Autonomous Systems, 1966; and The Qualitative Theory of Information, 1970.
Mazur created a cybernetic theory of autonomous systems which looked at the ability of a system to survive and thrive in an environment. It included a formula that described the reactivity of a culture as a ratio of internal reaction to external stimulus where "the value of reactivity is a function of the system's power to transform stimuli into reactions".
In his book Dynamism of Character in Shakespeare's Mature Tragedies literary theorist Piotr Sadowski adapted Mazur's concept of dynamism of character to Shakespeare's characters. In Mazur's theory he defined "character" (being the properties of a system independent of the environment) as "a set of rigid controlling properties of the system".
- Sadowski, Piotr (2003). Dynamism of Character in Shakespeare's Mature Tragedies. University of Delaware Press. ISBN 9780874138467.
- Sadowski, Piotr (2011). Gender and Literature: A Systems Study. University Press of America. ISBN 9780761821328.
- Contemporary Poland, Volume 11. Polish Interpress Agency. 1977.
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