The Bicycle Is the Product Of Pure Reason Applied To Motion


Bill Chance

“To ride a bicycle is in itself some protection against superstitious fears, since the bicycle is the product of pure reason applied to motion. Geometry at the service of man! Give me two spheres and a straight line and I will show you how far I can take them. Voltaire himself might have invented the bicycle, since it contributes so much to man’s welfare and nothing at all to his bane. Beneficial to the health, it emits no harmful fumes and permits only the most decorous speeds. How can a bicycle ever be an implement of harm?”
― Angela Carter

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Bicycle Drag Races, Continental Bridge Park, Dallas, Texas Bicycle Drag Races, Continental Bridge Park,
Dallas, Texas

Bicycle Drag Races, Continental Bridge Park, Dallas, Texas Bicycle Drag Races, Continental Bridge Park,
Dallas, Texas

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One Response to The Bicycle Is the Product Of Pure Reason Applied To Motion

  1. John Harland says:

    Bicycles were used by armies of all side in the First World War and played key roles in both the Japanese advance through Asia in WW2 and the NLF advance through Vietnam.

    The suggestion that Voltaire might have invented the bicycle is at least as close as the idea that Leonardo da Vinci might have done so, despite a lack of evidence of Voltaire’s understanding of technologies. It took the social and perceptual changes of the Enlightenment to make the concept of the bicycle socially feasible.

    Leonardo may have been close to the technological requirements but the bicycle would have been as irrelevant to the society and the infrastructure of his time as the wheel was to the people travelling the steep and rough tracks of the Andes in Pre-Columban times.

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