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From Additive Manufacturing to 3D/4D Printing 1 by Jean-Claude André

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1Some Significant Examples

“But the fundamental nonsense, nonsense itself, model nonsense, is the way in which Joseph considers progress, not only as a means, but as the goal, as the only goal of happiness. In this way, he pursues his goal, for behind progress is always found more; in this way, he does not enjoy, pleasure being indefinitely postponed; in this way, he scorns the past, he disdains the present that is great, he waits for the future that is always before him”. [TÖP 35]

“As for a skeptical mind, it can be tempted to conclude […] that the true goal of progress, if there is one, has finally become clear: everything happens as if it was in fact nothing more than the continuation of progress itself”. [BOU 17]

“In the end, all of our explanations are reduced to finding what would have to be done to reproduce a given effect. This is all ours. It is narrow-minded. We have S (sense) and M (muscles)… Our world is confined within the combined whole of our perceptions and our actions. We have tried to connect this whole to a system of measurement, that is, of means to find… that is to say, digital formulas or recipes… A formula is nothing but a mathematical prescription”. [VAL 33]

“Everywhere here, we feel the same fundamental process, the same style of thinking and creating. This is the mentality that targets the clarity everywhere and yet that, in doing this, recognizes the complication of life, never fully transparent, which targets the minutiae in the shaping of details ...

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