Geoff Elliott, a lifetime in “Systems” (Thinking)…

A Meeting of Minds

Hello, I’m Geoff Elliott. As Emma Langman says welcome to the merry and mind-bending world of systems thinking!

During the course ofcareerI have bumped into some very interesting people, by accident not design. This started at school when the new physics master arrived to teach “A” maths and Physics. He picked up the books and literally threw them out of the window. I am going to teach you to think! Willy was a mate of Fred Hoyle and the small 6thformclass in a mix of old cars and bikesoccasionallytrooped into Cambridge to be taught by Fred and Willy. Willy had an amazing tubular slide rule accurate to 6 decimal places. He usedto do the calculations for Fred. Anyway,Willy got bored withteaching“A” levels and moved on to be Prof of aeronautics, I think at Southampton.

I originally studied metallurgy, not realising at the time this involved both holistic thinking (looking for…

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