Ludwig von Bertalanffy Quote
A system can be defined as a set of elements standing in interrelations. Interrelation means that elements, p, stand in relations, R, so that the behavior of an element p in R is different from its behavior in another relation, R'. If the behaviors in R and R' are not different, there is no interaction, and the elements behave independently with respect to the relations R and R'.
p. 55-56 - General System Theory (1968) - 3. Some System Concepts in Elementary Mathematical Consideration