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How the Invention of the Automobile Shaped Society


On Cool Science Radio, Tom Standage comes on to talk about his new book, A BRIEF HISTORY OF MOTION: From the Wheel to the Car, to What Comes Next.


The best-selling car in the US in 1897 was electric, and by 1900 steam vehicles were most popular, with electric cars in second place and gasoline-powered vehicles third.


John and Lynn talk with Tom about how the car shaped society and the future of personal transportation.