Introduction to the Theory of Systems: an Information Oriented approach

Thursday 12 January 2017, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA.
The nearest underground stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Free, but pre-booking is required.

Dr Geoff Sharman FBCS CITP


Is there a theory of systems? Or some unique principles on which all systems depend? Some authors seem to think so, e.g. "Principles of System Science”, a recent book by Mobus and Kalton. In this presentation, I will show that, contrary to their thesis, the behaviour of all systems depends on five well known major scientific principles and that these principles are closely related to the concept of information. I will also discuss the problematic question of “emergence” (how does a system become more than the sum of its parts?) and show how it relates to concepts of computation and complexity. This provides a new synthesis: a new way of understanding system principles which is relevant to all sciences and everything we do as software engineers...

About the Speaker:

Geoff Sharman holds a PhD in Particle Physics from Southampton University and spent 35 years in the software industry, working on the development of programming languages, networking systems, database management, and transaction processing systems. He eventually became responsible for the strategic direction of IBM’s billion dollar CICS software business, which involved regular contact with customer executives worldwide. He also sponsored and participated in academic research work and held the post of Visiting Professor in Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck College, London, from 1982 to 2012.

This meeting will be followed by a buffet with wine to enable further discussion.


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