Friday, April 24, 2015

Ask the man who drives one

In this case, Dan Neil of the WSJ. Who is someone who lived to tell about the experience of actually driving Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion (as in dynamic maximum tension). The picture below appeared in the NY Times back in the day (don't get the idea from the picture that congress had anything to do with it, they had their own, even wackier ideas, some of which still bedevil the country to this day).

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Others weren't so lucky with its front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-steering. Mr. Neil drolly says, it; something of a fatalistic choice. It crashed at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, killing the test driver and injuring two passengers in an accident that was splashed across front pages, scaring off investors. Later it was sold to Gulf Oil and was burned to the axles in a refueling incident.
Because scared off investors are an omen;
Still, with respect, Mr. Fuller: three wheels? You are all about first principles and systematic thinking, yet nature makes clear that four points of contact with the ground, not three, is advantageous. Find me a three-legged animal. Your single-rear wheel design is more streamlined, I’ll give you that. But your stability and vehicle control is bad, so very bad.
Your mileage may vary...if you can keep one going long enough to find out.

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