Behavior: Sign Language

Man has long dreamed of an international language, but attempts to promote one have always failed, probably because no country wants to abandon its traditional tongue. Now a new means of international expression is beginning to catch on, one that carries no threat to national pride: the silent, visible language of graphic symbols. To spread the word about these substitutes for words, Industrial Designer Henry Dreyfuss has just compiled a Symbol Sourcebook (McGraw-Hill, $28.50) of 8,000 universally comprehensible signs.

Dreyfuss is both a serious student of semiotics, the science of signs, and a passionate crusader who believes that symbols can help break...

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