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Geodesic Domes Paperback – February 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Parkwest Pubns (February 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0906212928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0906212929
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 9.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is classified as a children's book, but it isn't so simple. It would be suitable for teenagers but the mathematics is relevant whatever your age and it is described clearly and concisely. However, if you're looking for a book on dome architecture this is not for you. There are two models that demonstrate the ideas about the subdivision of triangles to approximate the sphere based on the octahedron and the icosahedron. Then there are three 'architectural' dome models and lastly a model of the carbon molecule bukminsterfullerene. Each model is included for a reason and there's an explanatory text to accompany each one. The book does not cover real examples of domes much (only a sketch of the Expo 67 pavilion), although the introduction briefly explains the history and reason for them. It is important to understand that this is not a book about dome architecture: it covers the math behind the concept and explains it using cut-out models.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1998
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Don't be fooled by the title of this book. It is not an architectural treatise, it's a children's book with cutouts that let you make a paper model. If you want a good book on the architecture of Geodesic Domes, buy a biography of Buckminster Fuller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael O Shaver on February 11, 2002
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The book provides basic insights into geodesic design of higher frequency structures from the fundamental icosehdral blocks. Cut out patterns provide some hands on builds. Worth the money.
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By W. Wright on December 28, 2013
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This book is a rather mathy introduction to geodesic domes and how to compute them. It's about 25% theory and instruction and 75% cut out and build example models.

Note: This is not a terribly practical resource for actual dome building, but great info well presented on the design and mathematics of geodesic shapes.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MERCURY373 on August 18, 2011
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I perused through the book briefly and it looks good and thats all that needs to be done! Theres several pages of geometry information. After that is just pictures of geometric shapes. You can scan those shapes and use them for what ever comes to mind. Its straight to the point pattern style book so its good for what its worth. :o)
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