By Richard Olson (auth.), Frederick Burwick (eds.)
Frederick Burwick's modest yet entire and insightful intro duction is preface sufficient to those brilliant essays within the background and philosophical feedback of rules. If we wish to know how a few in quiring and clever thinkers sought to head past mechanism and vitalism, we are going to locate Burwick's labors of assembling others and mirror ing on his personal half to be as stimulating as wherever to be came across. And but his preliminary wary comment is true: 'approaches', now not 'attainments'. the issues linked to clarifying 'matter' and 'form' are nonetheless past any consensus as to their resolution. much more can we realize the numerous types and meanings of 'form', and this is often so even for 'organic form'. That clever scientist-philosopher-engineer Lancelot legislation Whyte struggled in a spot neighboring to Burwick's, and his essay of thirty years in the past will be a scientist's preface to Burwick and his colleagues: see Whyte'S accessory on shape (N. Y., Harper, 1954) and his Symposium of 1951 facets of shape (London, Percy Lund Humphries 1951; and Indiana college Press 1961), itself prepared in honor of D' Arcy Thompson's classical monograph On development and shape. Philosophy and historical past of technological know-how needs to care for those concerns, and with the combination of hard-headedness and mind's eye that they de mand.