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1. Introduction

Zedler’s Universallexikon (1743) offers only biblical quotations on the subject of “quickness” (Schnelligkeit) – a value in itself in opposition to “slowness” since the late modern period in such areas as working life, communications, or sport. The article on “speed” (Geschwindigkeit; 1735), meanwhile, was written by a physicist who defined his subject by means of the formula v= s/t, citing the example of the motion of two messengers, one of whom covered one (German) mil…

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Behringer, Wolfgang, “Quickness”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027157>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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