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2013/03/22

In John Gall’s “Systemantics” two laws that play important role are stated:

  • Systems tend to expand to fill the known universe, and
  • Every system is part of a larger system*

So when I read this tweet by Steven Strogatz:

Interdependent networks, aka “networks of networks” = the next big thing in network theory? http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/03/math-prevent-network-failure/all/ …

I was tempted to rephrase them as:

  • Networks expand to fill the known universe
  • Every network is part of a larger network (remember there is no air gap, only different kinds of latency)

Gall’s laws never stop to amaze me.

[*] – This statement actually belongs to Grady Booch who uses it while discussing Gall’s Laws of Systemantics in his “On Architecture” podcasts.

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