Driving civilisation : Tom Standage - A Brief History of Motion

From Nine To Noon, 10:05 am on 10 September 2021
Tom Standage, author and Technology Editor of The Economist magazine.

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Deputy editor of The Economist Tom Standage's new book is A Brief History of Motion: From the Wheel, to the Car, to What Comes Next

It is in fact, 5,500 years of the history of land-based human transport, from the invention of the wheel all the way through to the driverless car, analysing the very significant social impacts along the way.

And just to make it even more fun, Tom has included some transport trivia here, including: why red means stop, why countries drive on the left or the right, and how electric cars were initially marketed towards women.