Critical Path

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R. Buckminster Fuller is regarded as one of the most important figures of the 20th century, renowned for his achievements as an inventor, designer, architect, philosopher, mathematician, and dogged individualist. Perhaps best remembered for the Geodesic Dome and the term "Spaceship Earth," his work and his writings have had a profound impact on modern life and thought.

Critical Path is Fuller's master work--the summing up of a lifetime's thought and concern--as urgent and relevant as it was upon its first publication in 1981. Critical Path details how humanity found itself in its current situation--at the limits of the planet's natural resources and facing political, economic, environmental, and ethical crises.

The crowning achievement of an extraordinary career, Critical Path offers the reader the excitement of understanding the essential dilemmas of our time and how responsible citizens can rise to meet this ultimate challenge to our future.

 

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The title of Buckminster Fuller's classic late-life book Critical Path is inspired by the Apollo Project. Bucky estimated that in order for Apollo 11 to successfully launch, land on the moon, and ... Read full review

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Contents

Speculative Prehistory of Humanity
3
Humans in Universe
25
Legally Piggily
60
SelfDisciplines of Fuller
123
The Geoscope
161
World Game
198
Critical Path Part One
229
Critical Path Part Two
252
Critical Path Part Three
270
Critical Path Part Four
309
Chronology of Scientific Discoveries and Artifacts
347
Chronological Inventory of Prominent Scientific Technological Economic and Political World Events 1895 to Date
378
Index
411
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Page xii - To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
Page x - If all the good people were clever, And all clever people were good, The world would be nicer than ever We thought that it possibly could. But somehow 'tis seldom or never The two hit it off as they should; The good are so harsh to the clever, The clever so rude to the good!

About the author (1981)

R. Buckmister Fuller received 47 honorary degrees, held twenty-eight patents, was awarded the Medal of Freedom, and was the author of twenty nine books. He died in 1983.

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