Serres, Michel (2006) L’art des ponts. Homo pontifex. Paris: Le Pommier.
"Method or hyphen, those are soft bridges;
viaduct or bridge, those are hard unions or methods.
Watch: I am constructing a new footbridge;
moving from matter to the sign and from the abstract
to the concrete, I am bridging the hard and the soft. Whether of one
or the other kind, I find bridges everywhere.
Examples: the method of translation mobilises two grammars
and a bilingual dictionary, it bridges languages;
and soon species;
it bridges inert bodies.
Bridging, respectively, languages,
living beings and elements, we bridge, transversely,
the soft empire of signs with the hard realms of physics and biology...
First labour, to build bridges in the hard;
second work, to think of soft bridges. To launch oneself between
the second and the first, the final enterprise. Bridging, in general, becomes
an activity so large that it coincides perhaps with the whole human project, in
our very body bridges flesh and word".
"Thought can never be anything illogical, since, if it were, we should have to think
illogically. It is an impossibility to represent in language anything that 'contradicts logic'
as it is in geometry to represent by its co-ordinates a figure that contradicts the laws
of space, or to give the co-ordinates of a point that does not exist".
Wittgenstein - Tractates Logico-Philosophicus