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A fantastic introduction to Fuller's Synergetics. A must read for anyone interested in Bucky's Ideas.
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If you've ever tried to actually read Buckminster Fuller's Synergetics, you know it's pretty wild and obtuse. I have a copy and I've always had to be content with just looking at the weird diagrams. I ... Read full review
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3-frequency A-modules adjacent angular array axes ball bowties Buckminster Fuller Bucky Bucky's central angle Chapter circles closepacked spheres complete compression concept configuration consists coupler create cube cuboctahedron defined degenerate stellation described design science discovery dron dual eight energy events example experience explore faces fill space forces four frequency geodesic dome geometry great-circle hexagons human icosahedral icosahedron inherent intertransformability invisible isotropic vector isotropic vector matrix jitterbug layers Loeb mathematics Mite module molecules nature nature's nest number of edges observation octahedra octahedron octant Octet Truss omnisymmetrical operational mathematics pairs pattern integrity pentagonal physical planar plane polygons polyhedra polyhedron principles pyramids radial ratio relationships result rhombic dodecahedron simple space-filling spatial specific sphere packings spherical square stability structure struts subdivision surface angles symmetry Synergetics tensegrity tension tetrahe tion topology transformation triangles triangular truncated octahedron truncation twelve unit Universe vector equilibrium vertex volume
Page 82 - Any of the least number of independent coordinates required to specify a point in space uniquely. The above is a sampling of what you will find in Englishlanguage dictionaries under "dimension".
Page 16 - It makes no difference of what material either the fulcrum or lever consist — wood, steel, reinforced concrete. Nor do the sizes of the lever and fulcrum in any way alter either the principle or the mathematical regularity of the ratios of physical work advantage which are provided at progressive, fulcrum-to-load, increments of distance, outward from the fulcrum in the opposite direction, along the lever's arm to where the operating effort is applied. Mind is the weightless and uniquely human faculty...
Page 321 - Ingber, DE, and Jamieson, JD (1985). Cells as tensegrity structures: Architectural regulation of histodifferentiation by physical forces transduced over basement membrane.
Page 281 - Vectors [ie, struts] converge in tensegrity, but they never actually get together; they only get into critical proximities and twist by each other. (716.11) A tensegrity icosahedron, therefore, is more honest than a toothpick-marshmallow structure which seems to have five edges touching at each vertex. In the tensegrity, edges all come within critical proximity of the location of a "vertex
Page 16 - ... in the opposite direction, along the lever's arm to where the operating effort is applied. Mind is the weightless and uniquely human faculty which surveys the ever larger inventory of special case experiences stored in the brain-bank and, seeking to identify their inter-complementary significance, from time to time discovers one of the rare scientifically generalizable principles, running consistently throughout all the relevant experience set. The thoughts that discover them are weightless and...
Page 173 - V = l/3Ah, a good many irrational numbers are involved, and the simple integral ratios emerge almost incidentally. Somehow, these simple integral values of the volume ratios of common solids are not part of our scientific culture, and a lack of familiarity with them frequently leads to unnecessarily cumbersome computations. It appears that a bias of our culture to orthogonal Cartesian coordinates has obscured these relations. [My...
Page 177 - Contribution": Uncritical acceptance of geometrical formulas as fundamental laws, particularly in systems that do not naturally fit orthogonal Cartesian coordinates, frequently leads to unnecessarily clumsy calculations and tends to obscure fundamental relationships. It is well to avoid instilling too rigid a faith in the orthogonal system into students of tender and impressionable age!3 Overdependence on the cube is the culprit. Fuller attributes much of our attachment to this building block to...
Page 68 - ... instructions to a piece of material, and a pattern thereby becomes visible. What if we had applied the same instructions to a segment of manila rope instead? Or a shoelace? Or even a piece of cooked spaghetti? We would still create an overhand knot. The procedure does not need to specify material. "A pattern has an integrity independent of the medium by virtue of which you have received the information that it exists.
Page 95 - Vector Equilibrium If you begin to suspect that the concepts hiding behind Fuller's intimidating terminology are often easier to understand than their titles, you will soon find that "vector equilibrium" is no exception: The vector equilibrium is an omnidirectional equilibrium of forces in which the magnitude of its explosive potentials is exactly matched by the strength of its external cohering bonds.
Page 5 - These simple truths each relate to different aspects of synergetic geometry. But for all his lighter anecdotes, Fuller's underlying message could not have been more serious: The fact that 99 percent of humanity does not understand nature is the prime reason for humanity's failure to exercise its option to attain universally sustainable physical success on this planet. The prime barrier to humanity's discovery and comprehension of nature is the obscurity of the mathematical language of science. Fortunately,...