Friday, September 12, 2014

Chapter 19 - The Time-Binding Club: Part 1 - Introduction

Korzybski: A Biography (Free Online Edition)
Copyright © 2014 (2011) by Bruce I. Kodish 
All rights reserved. Copyright material may be quoted verbatim without need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder, provided that attribution is clearly given and that the material quoted is reasonably brief in extent.

Since Alfred was describing his work as an effort in “human engineering or mathematical sociology”(1), he believed progressive-minded engineers, like the ones who had been involved with Gantt’s and then Ferguson’s “New Machine”, would find something of value in what he had to say. Not surprisingly, just after he got back to New York in the autumn of 1920, a couple of men he knew recommended his getting in touch with Walter N. Polakov, a Russian-born engineer living in New York City who had worked with H. L. Gantt. Alfred wrote to Polakov and the two men soon began a lifelong friendship.(2)

You may download a pdf of all of the book's reference notes (including a note on primary source material and abbreviations used) from the link labeled Notes on the Contents page. The pdf of the Bibliography, linked on the Contents page contains full information on referenced books and articles. 
1. AK to Harvey O’Higgins, 8/8/1920. AKDA 4.539. 

2. The last letter from Polakov to Korzybski that I found in the IGS Archives (non-digital) was dated June 20, 1947—ten years after the presumed year of his death as given in Wren 2001, p. 238. I have been unable to adequately determine the actual date of Polakov’s death which obviously had to have occurred after this letter was written. 

Part 2 >

No comments: