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The Necessity Of Friction - Nordal Akerman

The Necessity Of Friction

Paperback Published: 13th March 1998
ISBN: 9780813334349
Number Of Pages: 331

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Friction is what keeps us from realizing our goals. It is what compromises all of our plans, sometimes making them unrecognizable. It defies our wish for perfection and constantly surprises us with new elements of resistance. It constitutes the divide between dream and reality.But friction is also what gets us moving, a necessary incentive to achieve progress. Nothing can start if it cannot push off something else. By blocking or delaying the easy solution, friction makes for a richer, more varied world. If it stops schemes from being completely fulfilled, it also stops them form going totally awry.To the modernist project, with its one-sided rationalist pretensions, friction is unambiguously bad--and so it is being disposed of at an increasing speed. The currency markets are one example, cyberspace another. This means less and less time to pause and rethink, while the vulnerability of societies is aggravated. In "The Necessity of Friction, " scholars tackle this topical and important concept. A number of scientific fields are engaged: physics, philosophy, economics, architecture, organizational theory, artificial intelligence, and others. Together, these contributions form the first modern-day attempt at analyzing the intriguing yet elusive subject of friction as metaphor.

Forewordp. vii
Points of Departurep. 1
A Free-Falling Society? Six Introductory Notesp. 3
Referencesp. 26
On the Battlefieldp. 29
Friction and Warfarep. 31
Referencesp. 62
Incentives for Progressp. 63
Let Us Now Praise Dragging Feet!p. 65
Referencesp. 74
Social Change Induced by Technology: Promotion and Resistancep. 75
Inertia and Development Modelsp. 98
Referencesp. 114
Rationality in the Marketplacep. 117
Friction in Economicsp. 119
Essential Friction: Error-Control in Organizational Behaviorp. 132
Conclusion: the Essentiality of Friction in a World of Riskp. 157
Referencesp. 160
Elation and Frustrationp. 165
Playing, Writing, Wrestlingp. 167
Referencesp. 179
Why Things Don't Happen as Plannedp. 180
Six Poèmes En Prosep. 189
Structuring the Human Spacep. 193
The Desire for Orderp. 195
Referencesp. 203
Stay in My Housep. 205
Unpredictability, Frictions, and Orderp. 213
Friction and Inertia in Industrial Designp. 223
Physics and Metaphysicsp. 241
An Exemplary Physical Dispositionp. 243
Introductionp. 243
Friction of Bodies, Friction of Mindsp. 258
Into the Futurep. 267
Frictionless Forecasting is a Fictionp. 269
Metaphor Transferredp. 285
Rediscovering Friction: Not All That is Solid Melts into Airp. 287
Referencesp. 310
Notesp. 313
About the Authorsp. 319
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ISBN: 9780813334349
ISBN-10: 0813334349
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 331
Published: 13th March 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1