American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Applying the Holistic Approach to the Physical Sciences and Engineering Systems

Joseph Z. Ben-Asher

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2013.274.281

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Volume 6, Issue 3

Pages 274-281


The holistic approach is applied to several examples from the field of physics, engineering and systems engineering and its benefits are demonstrated. In all examples a holistic picture is used and studied while ignoring the various details of the discussed problems. Optimal control and optimal estimation approachs are used in the engineering examples. The results show that the holistic approach provides a deeper insight into the main phenomena while requiring much fewer computational resources Moreover, in all cases the details may significantly be changed yet leading to similar observed phenomena. Whenever applicable, the holistic approach is highly recommended.


© 2013 Joseph Z. Ben-Asher. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.