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Tony Wilson was born in Dublin in 1931. He studied Economics at Trinity College Dublin before qualifying as a chartered accountant. After six years in Paris with Price Waterhouse he went to England, working as financial controller for the Avon Rubber Company, GKN, and British Oxygen. He lives near Bath where his interests include writing, painting, philosophy and rowing. He has had six solo exhibitions, and has been shown in the RA Summer exhibition. Tony published The Universe on a Bicycle in 2007 and The Wheels of Society in 2021.




The Wheels of Society


In my book ‘The Wheels of Society’ I offer a new way of thinking about how society actually works.  It’s an idea-in-progress to be kicked about, tested and improved.  One thing I suggest is that we need to approach the problem of corporate greed through evolutionary biology rather than philosophy-plus-economics.


Universe on a Bicycle


Thoughts about how society works first arose in 1997, during a bike ride round the coast of Ireland. Sensing its potential, I developed the ideas when I got home.  Repeated attempts to get the idea accepted by a learned magazine were regularly rejected, so in 2007 I completed The Universe on a Bicycle.