February 15, 2008
Are University Systems a Good Idea?
Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems.
Physicians and biologists speak of "systems biology" and engineers of "systems engineering." The idea is integration. If you manipulate a patient's potassium level, you had better worry about the impact on other organs and bodily functions. If you want a more powerful heater in your car, you should think about the whole electrical