This course covers the development of the systems field from the time of the foundation of the General Systems Research Society. The Society was initially conceived in 1954 at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences by Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Kenneth Boulding, Ralph Gerard, and Anatol Rapoport. In collaboration with James Grier Miller, it was formally established as an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1956. Originally founded as the Society for General Systems Research, the society adopted its current name of International Society for the Systems Sciences in 1988 to reflect its broadening scope.
This course is a series of interviews recorded by James Grier Miller when he was President of the University of Louisville. The original versions were handed to the ISSS and the College of Exploration as VHS tapes. Their recorded quality varied. They have been digitized by the College of Exploration for preservation and use in education.