By Piero Mella (auth.)
This booklet offers a gentle direction towards “educating” readers in figuring out how regulate platforms really function and in spotting, simulating and enhancing them in all fields of task. ranging from the speculation that wisdom of regulate platforms is not just a technical truth but in addition represents a self-discipline – that's, “A self-discipline is a developmental course for buying definite abilities or abilities. (…) To perform a self-discipline is to be a lifelong learner. You “never arrive”; you spend your existence studying disciplines.” (Senge, 2006, p. 10) – Piero Mella has set the target of creating regulate structures an issue that's, in a undeniable experience, basic and tasty via turning to the powerful symbolism normal of structures pondering versions and keeping off too technical and formal a remedy of the topic. hence readers should still comprehend that this isn't an engineering, physics, biology or economics textual content, nor a arithmetic one both. Technical or mathematical instruments aren't essential to build keep watch over structures; in its place the booklet adopts a hugely easy and common good judgment in the back of the inspiration itself of control process and the easy and common motion of the keep an eye on platforms that produce this process.
The Magic Ring:Systems considering method of keep an eye on Systems is split into 10 chapters. bankruptcy 1 seeks to study the elemental language of structures pondering and the versions it permits us to create, whereas bankruptcy 2 introduces the regulate procedure, featuring the theoretical structure of 4 basic keep an eye on platforms all of us can notice and deal with. In bankruptcy three a normal typology of regulate platforms is proposed with examples taken from observations of fact. The view of regulate structures is broadened in bankruptcy four via introducing vital generalizations: 1. multi lever keep watch over platforms, with levers which are autonomous or established of one another; 2. multi-objective systems, with self sustaining or interdependent ambitions. bankruptcy five outlines the information for spotting, gazing or designing regulate platforms and offers the issues that come up concerning their logical cognizance, introducing the elemental contrast among symptomatic and structural keep an eye on. Chapters 6-9 adopt a “mental trip” via a number of “environments”, more and more broader in scope, suggesting to the reader the best way to realize therein keep an eye on structures that, by means of their ubiquitous presence, make the area attainable in all its manifestations. ultimately bankruptcy 10 covers rules a few self-discipline of regulate structures and the human elements of control.