Portal:Systems science/Did you know/Archive

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This archive shows the "did you know" facts in the field of systems and systems sciences.

Current "did you know" facts[edit]

  • ...that a successful experimental system must be stable and reproducible enough for scientists to make sense of the system's behavior, but unpredictable enough that it can produce useful results?
  • ... that the American systems scientist John Nelson Warfield found systems science to consist of a hierarchy of sciences.
    • Beginning at the base, with a science of description,
    • continuing vertically with a science of design,
    • then a science of complexity,
    • and next a science of action, called "Interactive management".


  • ... that the Yugoslavian Mihajlo D. Mesarovic in 1970s wanted to provide a unified and formalized mathematical approach to all major systems concepts.
  • ... that the Austrian American Heinz von Foerster in 1960 in Science magazine stated, that the human population would reach "infinity" and he proposed a formula for predicting future population growth.
  • ... that the American ecologist Howard T. Odum in 1950 gave a novel definition of ecology as the study of large entities (ecosystems) at the "natural level of integration".

Nominating or creating "Did you know" facts[edit]

If you have a suggestion for future "Did you know" facts for this portal, please suggest them on the discussion page, or create them yourself. You can also suggest future Selected pictures at Portal talk:Systems science/Picture. If you have any questions, contact User:Mdd or leave a message at WikiProject Systems.

General guidelines for nominations, loosely based on Wikipedia:Did you know include:

  • Pick DYKs in articles that are interesting.
  • Look for articles that are over 1,000 characters in size - no stubs.
  • The "Did you know?" fact must be mentioned in the article.
  • Try to select articles that cite their sources, particularly the item mentioned

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