|The present work dates back to the early '50s and the
creative leadership of the late L.M.K. Boelter, founding dean of UCLA's
College of Engineering. He and Dan Gerlough of the Institute of Transportation
and Traffic Engineering encouraged an insufferable young research associate
to study non-replenishable natural resources and to express opinions about
the future. It became a habit.
Much of the material presented herein has been thoroughly controverted in front of university audiences, in corporate conference rooms, and before countless service clubs. Over a period of thirty years thoughtful challengers -- too many to name -- have contributed ideas.
Special appreciation to son Paul Jr., who, after slogging through the whole original manuscript, jotted, "Shorten." "Thanks also to brothers Alan and David. Alanís suggested essay lauding the energy efficiency of railroad trains gets mentioned only here. Didn't fit. Among David's many recommendations: "Forget complete sentences." Finally, without Jay and Gail Rochlin, Lee Barker and Leslie Johnston, no book.
1. Bicycling Out of the Past
2. Cultural Evolution
3. Bicycling Today-Some Problems
4. Bicycling Today-Some Opportunities
5. The Petroleum Age and the Automobile
6. The Petroleum Age and Economics
7. The Petroleum Age and Everything Else
8. Understanding Magnitudes
9. Alternatives... or Myths?
10. The Perpetual Sun
11. Bicycling Into the Future
|The bicycle holds primacy among mankind's most virtuous inventions, ranking alongside the loom and the movable-type press. While the former affords bodily raiment, the latter the same save for minds, the bicycle repays mild exertions with swift transport -- the unfettering of our very souls! Yet this most civilized of wheeled conveyances offends neither ear nor nostril and depends not at all on fossils from afar.|