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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
I wish to express my deep appreciation to Doctor W. A. White and the staff of St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, D. C, who, during my two years of study in the hospital, gave me every assistance to facilitate my research work there. I am indebted to Doctor P. S. Graven for supplying me with his as yet unpublished experimental clinical material, which was very useful to me.
Three important terms have been suggested to me; namely, 'enviro-genetic' by Doctor C. B. Bridges, 'actional' by Professor P. W. Bridg-man, and 'un-sane' by Doctor P. S. Graven, which debt I gladly acknowledge.
I am also deeply grateful to Professor R. D. Carmichael for writing Supplement I for this book on the Theory of Einstein, and to Doctor P. Weiss for his kind permission to reprint as Supplement II his article on the Theory of Types.
I warmly appreciate the kindness of those authors who gave me their permission to utilize their works.
During my twelve years of research work in the present subject and preparation of this volume I have been assisted by a number of persons, to whom I wish to express my appreciation. My particular appreciation is extended to my secretary, Miss Lily E. MaDan who, besides her regular work, made the drawings for the book; to Miss Eunice E. Winters for her genuine assistance in reading the proofs and compiling the bibliography; and to Mr. Harvey W. Culp for the difficult reading of the physico-mathematical proofs and the equally difficult preparation of the index.
The technical efficiency in all departments of the Science Press Printing Company, and the zealous and courteous co-operation of its compositors and officials, have considerably facilitated the publication of this book, and it is my pleasant duty to extend my thanks to them.
My heaviest obligations are to my wife, formerly Mira Edgerly. This work was difficult, very laborious, and often ungrateful, which involved the renouncing of the life of 'normal' human beings, and we abandoned much which is supposed to make 'life worth living'. Without her whole-hearted and steady support, and her relentless encouragement, I neither would have formulated the present system nor written the book which embodies it. If this book proves of any value, Mira Edgerly is in fact more to be thanked than the author. Without her interest, no non-aristotelian system, nor theory of sanity would have been produced in 1933.
A. K. New York, August, 1933.