Anatol Rapoport

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Anatol Rapoport (May 22, 1911 - January 20, 2007) was a Russian-born American Jewish mathematical psychologist . He was one of the founders of the general systems theory. He also contributed to mathematical biology and to the mathematical modeling of social interaction and stochastic models of contagion.


  • One cannot play chess if one becomes aware of the pieces as living souls and of the fact that the Whites and the Blacks have more in common with each other than with the players. Suddenly one loses all interest in who will be champion.

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