Killer Quotes – James Gleick on the perfection of the book, the hammer and the bicycle.


“As a technology, the book is like a hammer. That is to say, it is perfect: a tool ideally suited to its task. Hammers can be tweaked and varied but will never go obsolete. Even when builders pound nails by the thousand with pneumatic nail guns, every household needs a hammer. Likewise, the bicycle is alive and well. It was invented in a world without automobiles, and for speed and range it was quickly surpassed by motorcycles and all kinds of powered scooters. But there is nothing quaint about bicycles. They outsell cars. “

James Glieck

Sometimes we forget, as the pace of life quickens and the technology available to us accelerates, develops and evolves wonders undreamed of twenty, ten even five years ago and blinds us to what we have already achieved and what is already available to us – even necessary to us even in the face of even greater advancement, that sometimes the simple things in life really are the best and newer faster shinier and more advanced is not necessarily better suited to the task at hand.  

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