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Monthly Archives: June, 2014

A PILOT’S VIEW, EPISODE 2

THE FIRST pilots moved levers forward and aft, wiggled their hips or shoulders this way or that and gripped wheels, only some of which steered. (See http://wp.me/p2ETap-2aF.) Before long, however, controls … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

TRADING IN NANOSECONDS

I RECALL that my degree in mathematics came with a pledge to use this knowledge always for Good and never for Evil. Apart from occasionally torturing students with exam tie-breakers, … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

UNIVERSAL DESIGN

THE PRINCIPLES of universal design offer utility to people with the widest possible range of abilities, operating within the widest possible range of situations. Note, too, this isn’t just about … Continue reading

June 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

HENRY DREYFUSS—DESIGNER FOR HUMANITY

ONE PROMINENT American industrial designer gave the world the Hoover vacuum cleaner, the Bell telephone, the Honeywell thermostat, the Westclock Big Ben, the 20th Century Limited’s design of locomotive, dining … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · 3 Comments

KEI CARS VERSUS JAPAN’S ECONOMIC MANEUVERING

IN AN odd bit of regulational maneuvering, the Japanese government—possibly abetted by its larger automakers—is discouraging sales of its most economical automobiles, the kei class. The kei car, 軽自動車, literally … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

GMAX, THE SCHMID LSR—AND SET THEORY

DO YOU remember set theory? This amalgam of logic and geometry is fundamental to mathematics and was part of The New Math of the 1960s. Do you remember New Math? … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

SCHMID’S LSR

EVER SINCE La Jamias Contente (French for “never satisfied”) set its land speed record of 105.882 km/h (65.792 mph) in 1899, cars designed for breaking speed records have been bizarre … Continue reading

June 7, 2014 · 1 Comment