Cosmography: A Posthumous Scenario for the Future of Humanity

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The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller, 1992 - Architecture - 277 pages
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"ON THE DAY THAT R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER died at age 87 in 1983, I found the entire Cosmograpy manuscript, which we had been working on, neatly stacked in the middle of an uncharacteristically tidy desk in his study at his Pacific Palisades, California, home. Atop the manuscript was a note addressed to his daughter Allegra (Snyder), and his grandson Jaime and granddaughter Alexandra. It began, "If something happens to me and I [should] die suddenly, I want you to know of the extraor- dinary importance of my now being written book Cosmography . . . "THIS BOOK, ITS ORGANIZATION AND CONTENTS, were conceived as a whole and nurtured through to virtual completion by Fuller during his last four years of life. All of the vocabulary and concepts originate in Fuller's mind, and the way they are phrased is his. I have served as adjuvant, a term Fuller borrowed from medicine (specifically immunology) in 1980 to designate my role in the writing of Critical Path-that of a "helper" in transcribing and editorially refining for publication his ideas, words, and extemporaneous "thinking out loud. " ln Cosmography, as in Critical Path, I have served in this Fuller-designated role to preserve the idiosyncratic concepts, tone, syntax, and phraseology of Fuller in preparing the manuscript for publication. If it has strayed at all from his original conception, the blame is mine. If it is a faithful representationof his methodology and thought, the credit goes to him and his insistent and uncompromising resoluteness. I have not attempted to flesh out those few parts of the book that Fuller left unfinished. I hope the reader will patiently bear with us, as many have during the eight years that have passed between Fuller's death and the publication of this long-awaited final book. Fuller would perhaps attribute this span of time to nature's own purposeful system of gestation rates." Kiyoshi Kuromiya, Adjuvant

Excerpt from Cosmography by Kiyoshi Kuromiya, courtesy of the Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller


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Fuller was one of the truly original thinkers of the 20th century. This book is a collection of his thoughts about life, progress, and humanity's role in the universe as he voiced them during the last ... Read full review


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Buckminster Fuller (1895 - 1983) was an architect, engineer, geometrician, cartographer, philosopher, futurist, inventor of the famous geodesic dome, and one of the most brilliant thinkers of his time. Fuller was renowned for his comprehensive perspective on the world's problems. For more than five decades, he developed pioneering solutions reflecting his commitment to the potential of innovative design to create technology that does "more with less" and thereby improve human lives. The author of nearly 30 books, he spent much of his life traveling the world lecturing and discussing his ideas with thousands of audiences. In 1983, shortly before his death, he received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, with a citation acknowledging that his "contributions as a geometrician, educator, and architect-designer are benchmarks of accomplishment in their fields." After Fuller's death, a team of chemists won the Nobel Prize for discovering a new carbon molecule with a structure similar to that of a geodesic dome, they named the molecule "buckminsterfullerene"—now commonly referred to in the scientific community as the buckyball.

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