(1) an approach to understanding the nature of complex things by reducing them to the interactions of their parts
(2) a view that a complex system is nothing but the sum of its parts, and that it can be fully understood by examination of those parts
M’Pherson, P, K. 1974. A perspective on systems science and systems philosophy. Futures Volume 6, Issue 3, June 1974, Pages 219-239
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