Often alluded to as a 20th-century Leonardo da Vinci, R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was a visionary of the modern age. As an architect, inventor, engineer, writer, mathematician, and educator, his utopian humanism was evident in the way he devoted his life to designing objects, including buildings and cars, that would solve many of the problems of modern living. He was an early proponent of geodesic domes--semispherical structures made up of incredibly light and extremely strong triangular components--which he recommended for economical and energy-efficient housing and other purposes. An entire chapter in this engaging book is devoted to domes; other chapters cover Fuller's far-reaching ideas on the Dymaxion House, Dymaxion Transportation, Synergetics, and Megastructures. ("Dymaxion" was a term Fuller coined to describe getting the most output from minimal input of energy and materials.) With more than 200 black-and-white photos and drawings, this is a wonderfully nontechnical introduction to and celebration of the man, his remarkable inventions, and their modern-day relevance.
A useful, informal introduction to visionary engineer Buckminster Fuller's ideas, discoveries and inventions, this survey is illustrated with some 200 photographs, drawings and plans that help demonstrate how Fuller nurtured concepts from paper napkin to finished gizmo. Baldwin, an editor of Whole Earth Catalog and Whole Earth Review, is an inventor who worked closely with Fuller (1895-1983) and who has designed and built experimental domes. Along with Fuller inventions and blueprints such as the aluminum, aerodynamically modeled Dymaxion car, the geodesic dome, "Lightful House" 12-deck residential towers and energy-efficient corrugated cottages with silo tops, Baldwin explains synergetics, Fuller's system purporting to describe the coordinates and energy flow of the universe. He also discusses the World Game Institute, founded by Fuller in 1972, which conducts workshops demonstrating how a small fraction of the world's military expenditures could be redeployed to eliminate starvation and malnutrition, stabilize the population and provide clean, safe energy.
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This book was given as a gift to my 14 year old niece, who makes amazing origami's some of which look just like the Bucky dome. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill MacLeod
The person this was bought for was thrilled to receive and will be traveling , could not have been more happy to recievePublished 19 months ago by Pam Bosko
This book was purchased for the purpose of writing a book report and I was shocked at how interesting it was. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Joel Chesney
Bucky was a great man, I wish I had attended one of is lectures and had gotten to work with him. The book is a little biased naturally enough but is still a very good introduction... Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by E. Jones
Baldwin has written an engaging Bio on one of our greatest problem solvers of all time. Baldwin spent many years at the side of Fuller, and gives captivating first hand accounts,... Read morePublished on January 29, 2010 by E. Hunter
I haven't actually read this book but JB is my professor and a fascinating human. Everyday of class is a treat to listen to his life experiences and stories. Read morePublished on November 29, 2000 by Robyn Anderson