Traffic

Why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us)

Author: Tom Vanderbilt

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141923709

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

View: 2665

Get stuck in ... Why do some people become demons when they get behind a wheel? Why does the other lane always move faster? Why do New Yorkers jaywalk (and nobody does in Cophenhagen)? And why should you never drive with any beer-drinking, divorced doctors named Fred? Driving is about far more than getting from A to B. As Tom Vanderbilt's brilliant, curiosity-filled book shows, it's actually the key to deciphering human nature and ... well, pretty much everything. From the etiquette of horn-honking to bumper stickers you should avoid, from gridlock in ancient Rome to why getting rid of road signs actually reduces accidents, Traffic will change the way you see yourself, and other people (and not just through your windscreen).
Posted in Social Science

Traffic

Why We Drive the Way We Do (and what it Says about Us)

Author: Tom Vanderbilt

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141027398

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

View: 3676

Get stuck in � Why do some people become demons when they get behind a wheel? Why does the other lane always move faster? Why do New Yorkers jaywalk (and nobody does in Cophenhagen)? And why should you never drive with any beer-drinking, divorced doctors named Fred? Driving is about far more than getting from A to B. As Tom Vanderbilt�s brilliant, curiosity-filled book shows, it�s actually the key to deciphering human nature and � well, pretty much everything. From the etiquette of horn-honking to bumper stickers you should avoid, from gridlock in ancient Rome to why getting rid of road signs actually reduces accidents, Traffic will change the way you see yourself, and other people (and not just through your windscreen).
Posted in Social Science

Traffic

Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

Author: Tom Vanderbilt

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0307373177

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

View: 8625

Driving is a fact of life. We are all spending more and more time on the road, and traffic is an issue we face everyday. This book will make you think about it in a whole new light. We have always had a passion for cars and driving. Now Traffic offers us an exceptionally rich understanding of that passion. Vanderbilt explains why traffic jams form, outlines the unintended consequences of our attempts to engineer safety and even identifies the most common mistakes drivers make in parking lots. Based on exhaustive research and interviews with driving experts and traffic officials around the globe, Traffic gets under the hood of the quotidian activity of driving to uncover the surprisingly complex web of physical, psychological and technical factors that explain how traffic works.
Posted in Social Science

Fighting Traffic

The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City

Author: Peter D. Norton

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262293889

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 408

View: 1665

Before the advent of the automobile, users of city streets were diverse and included children at play and pedestrians at large. By 1930, most streets were primarily a motor thoroughfares where children did not belong and where pedestrians were condemned as "jaywalkers." In Fighting Traffic, Peter Norton argues that to accommodate automobiles, the American city required not only a physical change but also a social one: before the city could be reconstructed for the sake of motorists, its streets had to be socially reconstructed as places where motorists belonged. It was not an evolution, he writes, but a bloody and sometimes violent revolution. Norton describes how street users struggled to define and redefine what streets were for. He examines developments in the crucial transitional years from the 1910s to the 1930s, uncovering a broad anti-automobile campaign that reviled motorists as "road hogs" or "speed demons" and cars as "juggernauts" or "death cars." He considers the perspectives of all users--pedestrians, police (who had to become "traffic cops"), street railways, downtown businesses, traffic engineers (who often saw cars as the problem, not the solution), and automobile promoters. He finds that pedestrians and parents campaigned in moral terms, fighting for "justice." Cities and downtown businesses tried to regulate traffic in the name of "efficiency." Automotive interest groups, meanwhile, legitimized their claim to the streets by invoking "freedom" -- a rhetorical stance of particular power in the United States. Fighting Traffic offers a new look at both the origins of the automotive city in America and how social groups shape technological change.
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How We Decide

Author: Jonah Lehrer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780547247991

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 302

View: 5309

A best-selling journey inside the human mind draws on the latest tools of neuroscience to explore the decision-making process as a blend of both feeling and reason and, utilizing cutting-edge research, explains how we can make better decisions. By the author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist. Reprint.
Posted in Business & Economics

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