- Paperback: 183 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; 2nd ed. edition (October 20, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520239318
- ISBN-13: 978-0520239319
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book has not a clean example of geodesic dome from start to finish. Understanding 3D geometry needs to build real 3D models. The lack of practical examples that explain core ideas of geodesic dome is major weakness of this book.
The publisher only reprinted few decades old book. Business as usual. I consider Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome technology as one of ingenious engineering: exploitation of symmetry in Nature, entire structure absorbs impact or force, modular, scalable structure that easy to fix and extend. When Fuller patented geodesic dome, military quickly adapted it for real applications. Later on NASA investigated and improved it modern mathematics, vector manipulation and computer analysis.
Useful geodesic dome software I've found
Geodome - [...] - open source geodesic dome design software for GNU/Linux
It uses icosahedron to design real domes. Commercial software for Windows.
It isn't interactive interface as Geodome but can generate many types of domes.
The content seems helpful, and the formulas are well-explained. However, as I don't own an HP-65 calculator, I'll have to figure my own way to enter formulae in later calculators, or maybe an Excel spreadsheet. I hope the later revisions circulating about address this, somehow.
Ask your vendors if the version of this book has an orange cover or the one shown on amazon to be sure you're getting a later version, and ask if included programming and/or tables are updated as well.
I'm glad I spent the cash. This book filled in all the gaps.
It is not for people with weak math skills.
The book seems confusing at first, but if you keep reading and studying you will be rewarded with a deeper understanding of geodesics than you can imagine.
This book is a "must have" for anyone who wants to build their own dome, or just learn more about geodesics.
And yes, it's worth learning the math skills to understand this book.