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Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows
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Recommended for: People interested in, but very new to systems thinking.

This book deserves a star more if the concepts and the ideas in it a completely new to you. For me, unfortunately, too much of this was too long-winded considering that it concluded with concepts that are extremely well-known to me.

The best part of this book is the first few chapters; where the basic concepts and vocabulary is explained. Stock. Flow. Balancing and Strengthening feedback-loops. After that it spends too many words for too simple concepts making it fairly boring in the latter parts, at least if you've got a decent grounding in related concepts already. I think this book would be better at half the length. I ended up skimming the last half of the book; there just wasn't enough that was new to me there to hold my interest, relative to how many words were spent.
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January 7, 2016 – Shelved
January 7, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
April 13, 2016 – Started Reading
May 1, 2016 – Shelved as: nonfiction
May 1, 2016 – Shelved as: abandoned
May 1, 2016 – Finished Reading

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H Thanks for the review. Would you recommend a better book aimed at beginners?


Eivind H wrote: "Thanks for the review. Would you recommend a better book aimed at beginners?"

It depends a bit on what exactly you're trying to learn about. If you're trying to learn about systems of human thinking, then I think "Thinking, Fast and Slow" is probably the best book I've read for a beginner about that -- if you're looking for insights on some other kind of system then it depends on which exactly. (tell me which and I'll give a recommendation if I can think of anything!)

I don't think this is a bad book mind you -- I gave it 3 stars and said it'd deserve one star more if you're a beginner, so for the subject-matter it covers and assuming you're a beginner I think this book is OK, although a bit verbose compared to how much it actually covers.


C.Douglass It's in the title, it's "a Primer"

As an intro, it is very good


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