In this book, fascinating autobiographical accounts by leading scholars in a variety of fields and disciplines provide a rich introduction to the art and science of complexity and systems thinking. We learn how the authors’ interest in complexity thinking developed, the key figures and texts they encountered along the way, the experiences that shaped their path, their major works, and their personal journeys. This volume serves as an introduction to complexity as well as a vivid account of the personal and intellectual development of important scholars.

This book was originally published as a special issue of World Futures.

chapter 1|3 pages

Introduction the Complexity of Life and Lives of Complexity

ByAlfonso Montuori

chapter 2|13 pages

Systems Theory, Arrogant and Humble

ByJay Ogilvy

chapter 3|15 pages

Systems Patterns and Possibilities

ByLinda E. Olds

chapter 4|17 pages

The Starry Night Sky

ByGuy Burneko

chapter 5|23 pages

A Passion for Pushing the Limits

ByElisabet Sahtouris

chapter 6|21 pages

My Life In Chaos

ByAllan Leslie Combs

chapter 7|21 pages

Human Possibilities: An Integrated Systems Approach

ByRiane Eisler

chapter 8|21 pages

Encounter with A Wizard

ByStanley Krippner

chapter 9|21 pages

A Cigarette is Sometimes just a Cigarette

ByAlbert Low

chapter 11|31 pages

Complexity and Transdisciplinarity: Reflections on Theory and Practice

ByAlfonso Montuori