Operating manual for spaceship earth

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Simon and Schuster, 1969 - Technology & Engineering - 143 pages
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R. Buckminster Fuller's Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, published in 1969, imagines our species as a crew, united by a shared fate, on a tiny spaceship traveling through infinity. It can be read even today as the most intelligent metaphor for thinking about humankind on this planet. Fuller accepted the challenge pre-sented by this metaphor, using his inventions & writings to contribute to the safe operations of Spaceship Earth. This title is an exact facsimile of the 1969 edition.

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User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

This is a hard book to review as it was so unlike other books I read and very hard to understand. The preface gave great advice, to read it like a foreign language just forge ahead rather than getting ... Read full review

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User Review  - Derek Neighbors - Goodreads

Buckminster Fuller lays out in this short book an analogy that Earth is a space ship flying through space with a finite amount of resources. Looking through this lense Fuller portrays a number of ... Read full review


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Richard Buckminster Fuller, the innovative thinker, engineer, and inventor, was born July 12, 1895 in Milton, Mass. Despite early failures and tragedies, including his being expelled from Harvard University twice and the death of his four-year-old daughter, Fuller went on to achieve many successes. He is best known for inventing the geodesic dome; his design has been used in structures all over the world. Besides Harvard, Fuller also attended the U.S. Naval Academy, and was a professor at Southern Illinois University. He is the author of Synergetics: Explanations in the Geometry of Thinking, a book that discusses the utopic role technology will play in the future. Critical Path is the book Fuller felt was his most important. It outlined his plan to rejuvenate earth through the use of technology. His last book, Grunch of Giants, summarizes his most important ideas.

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