ArticlesStatus and Future of Applied Sciences

Operations Research and Systems Analysis

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Science  04 Jul 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4452, pp. 139-146
DOI: 10.1126/science.209.4452.139


The science of man-machine operating systems, which includes operations research and systems analysis, has achieved a substantial body of theory and application over the last 40 years. Its current strength prompts it to attack difficult large-scale problems while challenging the other relevant sciences to unite, not only with each other and operations and systems research, but also with society, to deal with some of the most widespread and important problems of our time.