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Old 10-09-2020, 12:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1. Who wrote it?

2. What car did he or she build?

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"Some time ago, it occured to me that the motor car as we see it today is a wasteful product, in that large proportions of available horsepower are wasted in overcoming head-wind resistance and, having done that, in drawing forward the vehicle against the pull of the air as it closes in behind the rear of the car.

"Indeed, with the exception of a few specially streamlined racing cars, in my opinion conventional motor vehicles must be regarded as unscientific objects from the point of view of economical propulsion."

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Ford. Model T.

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Ford. Model T.
Not even close. With either!
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Was it the car builder who said:
"The eternal is omniembracing and permeative; and the temporal is linear. This opens up a very high order of generalizations of generalizations. The truth could not be more omni-important, although it is often manifestly operative only as a linear identification of a special-case experience on a specialized subject."
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Old 10-09-2020, 01:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hans Ledwinka with his "Tatraplan" or Ferdinand Porsche with the Beetle?
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Was it the car builder who said:
"The eternal is omniembracing and permeative; and the temporal is linear. This opens up a very high order of generalizations of generalizations. The truth could not be more omni-important, although it is often manifestly operative only as a linear identification of a special-case experience on a specialized subject."
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Not as far as I am aware!

Edit: that sounds like Buckminster Fuller, and it wasn't him.

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Hans Ledwinka with his "Tatraplan" or Ferdinand Porsche with the Beetle?
Good guesses, but no.
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The term "motor car" suggests the person is not American and/or lived before our time.
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That dood that says "fool cells"?

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