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The Evolution of the Bicycle: A Dynamic Systems Approach

O. A. VAN NIEROP, A. C. M. BLANKENDAAL and C. J. OVERBEEKE

in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 10, issue 3, pages 253-267
Published in print January 1997 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online January 1997 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/10.3.253
The Evolution of the Bicycle: A Dynamic Systems Approach

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In this article we argue that dynamic systems theory provides design historians with new concepts and tools which afford new possibilities for studying, understanding, and quantifying the process of design evolution. We show that the evolution of the bicycle has diverged and converged in a non-linear way, a general characteristic of co-evolving adaptive systems. By exploring the dynamic characteristics of the bicycle-society system we reveal that the origin of the modern bicycle stems in great part from innovations applied in three- or four-wheeled human-powered vehicles.

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Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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