Q: What is
Viatology is the scientific study of highways.
Empirical observation and reporting of roads defines this field of study.
Q: How did this term come to be?
The term was coined by
Carl Rogers in August 2007 after many years of travel into several countries and
the inherent lack of a scientific term to discuss what he and fellow cohorts
engaged. Prior to the development of this term, vernacular terms
like "road scholar" or "roadgeek" were commonplace in small caucasian groups of
Q: What is the etymology
The term "via" refers to one of the earliest highways in
western history, the Appian Way (Via Appia). As you may know, "-ology" refers to
the study of something. If you notice a "t" in viatology, that's simply the
conjunction between "via"and "-ology".
Q: What is a viatologist?
A viatologist is any person who scientifically contributes
to the field of viatology. Viatologists can be found on each continent of the
globe, practising the science in many different languages.
Q: Are there
international translations for the term?
Yes. The term viatology is also be ported into other
languages for a similar meaning:
français: la viatologie
italiano: la viatologia
Deutsch: die Viatologie
español: la viatología