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Author Latour, Bruno.

Title Aramis, or, The love of technology / Bruno Latour ; translated by Catherine Porter.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  388.40944361 LATO    AVAILABLE
 UniM Giblin Eunson  388.40944361 LATO    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Aramis. English
Physical description x, 314 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents Prologue: Who Killed Aramis? -- 1. An Exciting Innovation -- 2. Is Aramis Feasible? -- 3. Shilly-Shallying in the Seventies -- 4. Interphase: Three Years of Grace -- 5. The 1984 Decision: Aramis Exists for Real -- 6. Aramis at the CET Stage: Will It Keep its Promises? -- 7. Aramis Is Ready to Go (Away) -- Epilogue: Aramis Unloved.
Summary A guided-transportation system intended for Paris, Aramis represented a major advance in personal rapid transit: it combined the efficiency of a subway with the flexibility of an automobile. But in the end, its electronic couplings proved too complex and expensive, the political will failed, and the project died in 1987. The story of Aramis is told by several different parties, none of which take precedence over any other: a young engineer and his professor, who act as detective to ferret out the reasons for the project's failure; company executives and elected officials; a sociologist; and finally Aramis itself, who delivers a passionate plea: technological innovation has needs and desires, especially a desire to be born, but cannot live without the sustained commitment of those who have created it.
Subject Local transit -- France -- Paris Metropolitan Area.
Personal rapid transit -- France -- Paris Metropolitan Area.
Variant Title Aramis.
Love of technology.
ISBN 0674043235 (paperback : alk. paper)