By Bruno Latour
Bruno Latour has written a special and lovely story of a technological dream long gone mistaken. because the younger engineer and professor stick to Aramis' trail--conducting interviews, examining records, assessing the evidence--perspectives continue transferring: the fact is published as multilayered, unascertainable, comprising an array of chances valuable of Rashomon. The reader is ultimately ended in see the undertaking from the viewpoint of Aramis, and alongside the way in which earnings perception into the connection among humans and their technological creations. This fascinating and profound publication, half novel and half sociological research, is Latour at his thought-provoking most sensible.
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Whatever means of transportation is used. Rai lways, iron on iro n , you know, it's not that great. As soon as you go fast, you lose your contact. In fifty years there won't be any more trains. We needed something in the range of 300, 400 kilometers an hour. "Bertin came to see us. 'The future is in the air cushion . ' Yes, the aerotrain that was us. We built a l i ne in Orleans. You can still see it. Wel l , it didn't catch o n . We gave it to the SNCF, which shut it down in a hurry. But for what amounted then to 50 million francs, I shook up the SNCF It was a gift.
Be tween the asphyxiated society of automobiles and transfer machines in factories, there is no connection whatever. Bardet, approached by Petit, is going to make this connection. The price to pay is an i nnovation: the discontinuous transportation of people, which no one knows how to i m prove, has to be viewed as a particular case of the conti nuous transporta tion of things, which Bardet knows how to improve. The result? A chain of translation : there is no solution to the problems of the city without innova tions in transportation, no innovation in transportation without kinematics, no kinematics without Automatisme et Tech nique; and, of course, no Auto matisme et Technique without Bardet.
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