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The necessity of friction : nineteen essays on a vital force

Author: Nordal Åkerman
Publisher: Heidelberg : Physica-Verlag ; New York : Springer-Verlag, ©1993.
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Friction is what keeps us from realizing our goals. It is what compromises all 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 that which gets us moving, a necessary incentive to achieve progress. Nothing can start if it cannot push off something  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Necessity of friction.
Heidelberg : Physica-Verlag ; New York : Springer-Verlag, ©1993
(DLC) 94129800
(OCoLC)30735163
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nordal Åkerman
ISBN: 9783642959059 3642959059 3642959075 9783642959073
OCLC Number: 624408885
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 336 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Six poèmes en prose / Klaus Rifbjerg --
A free-falling society? : six introductory notes / Nordal Åkerman --
Re-discovering friction : all that is solid does not melt in air / Helga Nowotny --
An exemplary physical disposition / Rom Harré --
Friction of bodies, friction of minds / Agnes Heller --
Friction and warfare / Chris Donnelly --
Let us now praise dragging feet! / Ottar Brox --
Social change induced by technology : promotion and resistance / T.R. Lakshmanan --
Inertia and development models / Georg Sørensen --
Friction in economics / Keith Griffin --
Essential friction : error-control in organizational behavior / Gene I. Rochlin --
Playing, writing, wrestling / Sigrid Combüchen --
Why things don't happen as planned / Jon Elster --
The desire for order / Joanne Finkelstein --
Stay in my house / Kaj Nyman --
Unpredictability, frictions and order / Åke E. Andersson --
Friction and inertia in industrial design / John Heskett --
Frictionless forecasting is a fiction / Hubert L. Dreyfus, Stuart E. Dreyfus --
Frictions / Michel Tournier.
Responsibility: Nordal Åkerman (ed.).

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A number of scholars from the fields of artificial intelligence, economics, philosophy, organizational theory and physics tackle the concept of friction - a force which defies the quest for  Read more...

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