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21. Transactional Information Systems: Theory, Algorithms, and the Practice of Concurrency Control and Recovery (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems) by Gerhard Weikum, Gottfried Vossen  
Hardcover: 852
Pages
(20010604)
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A wonderfully written book on an important topic
Very Very Good
A must for serious DB professionals This book has no discussion or topic regarding any comercial vendor technologies (specially databases), and I think this is very good. The Page and Object models for transaction processing are clearly explained. There's a very nice discussion concerning RAID technologies. This is not an 'academic' book in all the sense of the word. It can help IT professionals to make better transactional system desing (databases, workflow,ebusiness,etc). I would like some RDBMS vendors will include this kind of theory in their documentation....
Uptodate ... sends an old friend into semiretirement This book changes that by going far beyond transaction processing.It starts with the same fundamentals as the older book, and even covers many of the same topics, such as concurrency control, but it addresses each topic from a much wider perspective.For example, the discussion of concurrency goes far beyond the issues of transaction processing as a middleware component.It extends into application, database and search issues.Another indication that this book is more uptodate is the material on queue managers.While they are at the opposite end of the spectrum from transaction processing monitors, they are integral to any discussion of transactional information systems.More importantly, both transaction processing monitors and queue managers are used in modern enterprise architectures.Having both topics discussed in great detail is a major point in this book's favor. Personally I intend to keep my copy of the older "Transaction Processing: Concepts and Techniques" because it does cover some of the subject matter more deeply.However, this book has replaced it as my principal reference and if I had to choose between them this is the one I'd go with. ... Read more 
22. Enterprise Systems Engineering: Advances in the Theory and Practice (Complex and Enterprise Systems Engineering)  
Hardcover: 477
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(20100719)
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Editorial Review Product Description Although usually wellfunded, systems development projects are often late to market and over budget. Worse still, many are obsolete before they can be deployed or the program is cancelled before delivery. Clearly, it is time for a new approach. With coverage ranging from the complex characteristics and behaviors of enterprises to the challenges they pose for engineering and technology, Enterprise Systems Engineering: Advances in the Theory and Practice examines the impacts of enterprise processes and leadingedge technologies on the evolution of an enterprise. As much about history as it is about systems engineering, this book provides a snapshot of the early thinking in enterprise systems engineering—a snapshot taken before the memory of its perspective is corrupted by time. It discusses emerging methods essential to successful systems engineering. The editors define and examine key building blocks of the evolving field of enterprise systems engineering. They address the issues of the changing nature of systems engineering, lay out a recommended direction for the future, and provide a unified basis for moving toward a mature discipline with the expanded scope. During the last decade, something has changed in the way people work together. Seldom do isolated groups work on local problems to build stovepipe solutions and systems seldom are developed in a social, political, economic, or technical vacuum. Yet concerted attempts to better implement systems engineering seemed not to improve the situation. Standing on the threshold of a new era in systems engineering, the editors point an arrow in the direction of systems engineering evolution, a direction that is equal parts social change and technological change. 
23. A First Course In Chaotic Dynamical Systems: Theory And Experiment (Studies in Nonlinearity) by Robert L. Devaney  
Hardcover: 320
Pages
(19921021)
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There Are Better Choices
Has soul  but no cigar
Nice begginers text
Excellent book.Explains concepts clearly. 
24. Linear System Theory (2nd Edition) by Wilson J. Rugh  
Paperback: 581
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(19950813)
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Editorial Review Product Description Linear System Theory, Second Edition, outlines the basic theory of linear systems in a unified, accessible, and careful manner, with parallel, independent treatment of continuoustime and discretetime linear systems. Customer Reviews (4)
Very Poor choice for Beginners or Intermediates
Good book on linear systems theory
Really terrible book, not suitable for text. This one may be okay to look at when you are fairly familiar with the linear system theory but definitely it is not suitable for a textbook. Unfortunately, our school chose it as our text.
Whatever... 
25. Biology and Control Theory: Current Challenges (Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences)  
Paperback: 340
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(20070711)
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Editorial Review Product Description Creating some links between control feedback and biology modeling communities based on similarities in modeling, observing and perceiving alive structures, and analyzing interconnections between biological structures and subsystems was the main objective of this volume. In this context, biology systems need appropriate analysis tools due to their structure and hierarchy, complexity and environment interference, and we believe that these aspects may generate interesting research topics in control area. Indeed, several works, raising the potential impact of control developments to bring some beginning of answers in the context of biological systems, have been published in the recent years. The idea of this book was conceived in the context mentioned above with the objective to help in claiming many of the problems for control researchers, starting discussions and opening interactive debates between the control and biology communities, and, finally, to alert graduate students to the many interesting ideas at the frontier between control feedback theory and biology.

26. Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays on SecondOrder Systems Theory (Science and Cultural Theory)  
Paperback: 296
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(20090101)
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Editorial Review Product Description In response to the apparent dissolution of boundaries at work in the contemporary technosciences of emergence, neocybernetics observes that cognitive systems are operationally bounded, semiautonomous entities coupled with their environments and to other systems. Secondorder systems theory stresses the recursive complexities of observation, mediation, and communication. Focused on the neocybernetic contributions of von Foerster, Francisco Varela, and Niklas Luhmann, this collection advances theoretical debates about the cultural, philosophical, and literary uses of their ideas. In addition to the interview with von Foerster, Emergence and Embodiment includes essays by Varela and Luhmann. It engages with Humberto Maturana's and Varela's creation of the concept of autopoiesis, Varela's later work on neurophenomenology, and Luhmann's adaptations of autopoiesis to social systems theory. Taken together, these essays illuminate the shared commitments uniting the broader discourse of neocybernetics. Contributors. Linda Brigham, Bruce Clarke, Mark B. N. Hansen, Edgar Landgraf, Ira Livingston, Niklas Luhmann, HansGeorg Moeller, John Protevi, Michael Schiltz, Evan Thompson, Francisco J. Varela, Cary Wolfe 
27. System Reliability Theory: Models, Statistical Methods, and Applications, Second Edition by Marvin Rausand, Arnljot Høyland  
Hardcover: 664
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(20031205)
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Editorial Review Product Description Since the first edition of this popular text was published nearly a decade ago, new standards have changed the focus of reliability engineering and introduced new concepts and terminology not previously addressed in the engineering literature. Consequently, the Second Edition of System Reliability Theory: Models, Statistical Methods, and Applications has been thoroughly rewritten and updated to meet current standards. To maximize its value as a pedagogical tool, the Second Edition features:
With its updated practical focus, incorporation of industry feedback, and many new examples based on real industry problems and data, the Second Edition of this important text should prove to be more useful than ever for students, instructors, and researchers alike. Customer Reviews (2)
System Reliabiility Theory
System Reliabiility Theory The book is veryclear and fairly concise. There are worked examples to demonstrate how thetheory should be applied and the examples are also clear and concise. Iwould highly recommend this book as an introduction to reliability andavailability also. ... Read more 
28. The Systems View of the World: A Holistic Vision for Our Time (Advances in Systems Theory, Complexity, and the Human Sciences) by Ervin Laszlo  
Paperback: 103
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(199606)
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A systems classic
More great books from Ervin Laszlo
Well written, easy to understand
Understanding Systems to Heighten Awareness
Excellent explanation of systems theory! 
29. Schaum's Outline of Theory and Problems of State Space and Linear Systems by Donald M. Wiberg  
Paperback: 320
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(197106)
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30. Introduction to the Modern Theory of Dynamical Systems (Encyclopedia of Mathematics and its Applications) by Anatole Katok, Boris Hasselblatt  
Paperback: 822
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(19961228)
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Great, advanced intro to dynamical systems
Great book with lots of detail Some elementary examples of dynamical systems are given in the first chapter, including definitions of the more important concepts such as topological transitivity and gradient flows. The authors are careful to distinguish between topologically mixing and topological transitivity. This (subtle) difference is sometimes not clear in other books. Symbolic dynamics, so important in the study of dynamical systems, is also treated in detail. The classification of dynamical systems is begun in Chapter 2, with equivalence under conjugacy and semiconjugacy defined and characterized. The very important Smale horseshoe map and the construction of Markov partitions are discussed. The authors are careful to distinguish the orbit structure of flows from the case in discretetime systems. Chapter 3 moves on to the characterization of the asymptotic behavior of smooth dynamical systems. This is done with a detailed introduction to the zetafunction and topological entropy. In symbolic dynamics, the topological entropy is known to be uncomputable for some dynamical systems (such as cellular automata), but this is not discussed here. The discussion of the algebraic entropy of the fundamental group is particularly illuminating. Measure and ergodic theory are introduced in the following chapter. Detailed proofs are given of most of the results, and it is good to see that the authors have chosen to include a discussion of Hamiltonian systems, so important to physical applications. The existence of invariant measures for smooth dynamical systems follows in the next chapter with a good introduction to Lagrangian mechanics. Part 2 of the book is a rigorous overview of hyperbolicity with a very insightful discussion of stable and unstable manifolds. Homoclinicity and the horseshoe map are also discussed, and even though these constructions are not useful in practical applications, an indepth understanding of them is important for gaining insight as to the behavior of chaotic dynamical systems. Also, a very good discussion of Morse theory is given in this part in the context of the variational theory of dynamics. The third part of the book covers the important area of low dimensional dynamics. The authors motivate the subject well, explaining the need for using low dimensional dynamics to gain an intuition in higher dimensions. The examples given are helpful to those who might be interested in the quantization of dynamical systems, as the numbertheoretic constructions employed by the author are similar to those used in "quantum chaos" studies. Knot theorists will appreciate the discussion on kneading theory. The authors return to the subject of hyperbolic dynamical systems in the last part of the book. The discussion is very rigorous and very wellwritten, especially the sections on shadowing and equilibrium states. The shadowing results have been misused in the literature, with many false statements about their applicability. The shadowing theorem is proved along with the structural stability theorem. The authors give a supplement to the book on Pesin theory. The details of Pesin theory are usually timeconsuming to get through, but the authors do a good job of explaining the main ideas. The multiplicative ergodic theorem is proved, and this is nice since the proof in the literature is difficult.
Excellent rigorous introduction to chaotic dynamical system The book starts with a comprehensive discussion of a series of elementary but fundamental examples.These examples are used to formulate the general program of the study of asymptotic properties as well as to introduce the principal notions (differentiable and topological equivalence, moduli, asymptotic orbit growth, entropies, ergodicity, etc.) and, in a simplified way, a number of important methods (fixed point methods, coding, KAMtype Newton method, local normal forms, etc.). This chapter alone is worth the price of the book. The main theme of the second part is the interplay between local analysis near individual (e.g., periodic) orbits and the global complexity of the orbit structure. This is achieved by exploring hyperbolicity, transversality, global topological invariants, and variational methods. The methods include study of stable and unstable manifolds, bifurcations, index and degree, and construction of orbits as minima and minimaxes of action functionals. In the third and fourth part the general program is carried out for lowdimensional and hyperbolic dynamical systems which are particularly amenable to such analysis. In addition these systems have interesting particular properties. For hyperbolic systems there are structural stability, theory of equilibrium (Gibbs) measures, and asymptotic distribution of periodic orbits, in lowdimensional dynamical systems classical PoincareDenjoy theory, and PoincareBendixson theories are presented as well as more recent developments, including the theory of twist maps, interval exchange transformations and noninvertible interval maps. This book should be on the desk (not bookshelf!) of any serious student of dynamical systems or any mathematically sophisticated scientist or engineer interested in using tools and paradigms of dynamical systems to model or study nonlinear systems.
Excellent rigorous introduction to chaotic dynamical systems The book starts with a comprehensive discussion of a series of elementary but fundamental examples.These examples are used to formulate the general program of the study of asymptotic properties as well as to introduce the principal notions (differentiable and topological equivalence, moduli, asymptotic orbit growth, entropies, ergodicity, etc.) and, in a simplified way, a number of important methods (fixed point methods, coding, KAMtype Newton method, local normal forms, etc.). This chapter alone is worth the price of the book. The main theme of the second part is the interplay between local analysis near individual (e.g., periodic) orbits and the global complexity of the orbit structure. This is achieved by exploring hyperbolicity, transversality, global topological invariants, and variational methods. The methods include study of stable and unstable manifolds, bifurcations, index and degree, and construction of orbits as minima and minimaxes of action functionals. In the third and fourth part the general program is carried out for lowdimensional and hyperbolic dynamical systems which are particularly amenable to such analysis. In addition these systems have interesting particular properties. For hyperbolic systems there are structural stability, theory of equilibrium (Gibbs) measures, and asymptotic distribution of periodic orbits, in lowdimensional dynamical systems classical PoincareDenjoy theory, and PoincareBendixson theories are presented as well as more recent developments, including the theory of twist maps, interval exchange transformations and noninvertible interval maps. This book should be on the desk (not bookshelf!) of any serious student of dynamical systems or any mathematically sophisticated scientist or engineer interested in using tools and paradigms of dynamical systems to model or study nonlinear systems. ... Read more 
31. Social Systems and the Evolution of Action Theory by Talcott Parsons  
Hardcover: 416
Pages
(197701)
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BORING, but possibly necessary if you are trying to learn about system's analysis 
32. New Systems Theories of World Politics (Palgrave Studies in International Relations)  
Hardcover: 368
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(20100215)
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Editorial Review Product Description New Systems Theories of World Politics uses systems theoretical approaches to analyze the structure and dynamics of the international system. Drawing from different systems theoretical traditions, it argues that the system of world politics can be analyzed in a comprehensive fashion by continuing the pioneering work of theorists like Karl Deutsch. 
33. From Complexity to Creativity: Explorations in Evolutionary, Autopoietic, and Cognitive Dynamics (IFSR International Series on Systems Science and Engineering) by Ben Goertzel  
Hardcover: 402
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(19970228)
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34. Linear Operators and Linear Systems: An Analytical Approach to Control Theory (London Mathematical Society Student Texts) by Jonathan R. Partington  
Hardcover: 176
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(20040322)
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35. Developmental Systems Theory: An Integrative Approach by Donald H. Ford, Dr. Richard M. Lerner  
Hardcover: 272
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(19920530)
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Editorial Review Product Description Through a synthesis of developmental contextualism and the Living Systems Framework, the authors examine how people interact with the environment and how, in turn, these interactions impact upon individuals' biology, psychology and behaviour. By integrating the results from many research investigations, this volume offers a comprehensive exploration of how multiple elements interact and shape people's lives. 
36. System Identification: Theory for the User (2nd Edition) by Lennart Ljung  
Hardcover: 672
Pages
(19990108)
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System Identification: Theory for the User, Ljung
System Identification Review Book
Notational Inconsistency killed this book
Poorly written book for the engineer. Might be useful for a mathemtician
good reference 
37. Clinical Applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory (Haworth Marriage and the Family) by Terry S Trepper, Peter Titelman  
Hardcover: 450
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(19981028)
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Totally worth it.
Excellent case examples of Bowen Theory 
38. Living Systems by James Grier Miller  
Hardcover: 1102
Pages
(19780101)
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It's Like Aristotle Said
A good introduction to systems throry at the largest levels. This is a really big book besides having a lot of pages, and Ihave a hunch that not too many people are going to buy it outside ofresearchers or university librarians. But, I suppose, if you're either ofthese (though if one were going to research they'd probably look to asucession of smaller books, no?) I'd buy this book.... your collectionwould be enriched through having it....
A Theory of Everything To see more of Miller's work and its implications, see the website Principia Cybernetica.
simplifying the whole thing
Amazing 
39. Electric Energy Systems Theory by Olle Ingemar Elgerd  
Hardcover: 534
Pages
(19820101)
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40. Systems and Theories in Psychology by J. P. Chaplin  
Hardcover: 672
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(197906)
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JP Chaplin : A St. Michaels College Psychology Dept. Chairman 1974 
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