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Title :

The evolution of the bicycle : a dynamic systems approach

Authors :
NIEROP, O. A. van ; BLANKENDAAL, A. C. M. ; OVERBEEKE, C. J. ;
Publication year :
1997
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The authors argue that dynamic systems theory provides design historians with new concepts and tools which afford new possibilities for studying, understanding, and quantifying the process of design evolution. They show that the [19th c.] evolution of the bicycle has diverged and converged in a non-linear way, a general characteristic of co-evolving adaptive systems. By exploring the dynamic characteristics of the bicycle-society system they reveal that the origin of the modern bicycle stems in great part from innovations applied in three- or four-wheeled human-powered vehicles. ;
Pagination/Size :
33 ill.; 3 diagrams ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Bicyclette ; Théorie des systèmes ; 1800-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Bicycles ; System theory ; 1800-1900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Journal of design history, 1997, 10, 3
INIST identifier :
24995937 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0952-4649 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Oxford University Press, Oxford
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;