SYSTEMS MODELS FOR TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS. PART II. THE SOCIAL PHYSICS FOR MODERN SOCIETIES: THE ROLE OF THE CITIES

The objective of the research was to make use of a physically based social systems model, developed earlier, to study the determinants of city sizes and their national interactions. In particular, information on the role of a transportation system in affecting city sizes was required. In this second part, the relation between the urban settlements and a potential mapping that is related to the land (its population density, material and energy resources, activities, products, and consumption) is outlined. The dependence of the urban settlement distribution on long-distance international trade is discussed. The emergence of a new major social institution, the large corporation which is competitive with the urban settlement, is discussed. The socio-economic effects of transportation systems, and their modernization is described.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Part 1 dated Sep 77, PB-272 795.
  • Corporate Authors:

    General Technical Services, Incorporated

    Upper Darby, PA  United States 

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Iberall, A S
    • Cardon, S Z
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 161 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167393
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TST-OST-77-34.IIFinal Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1157
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1981 12:00AM