Buckminster Fuller

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Buckminster Fuller AKA Dr. Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller

America 1895 – 1983

Comments; futurist ; polymath genius of systems and engineering; created the Bucky Ball and Bucky building, based on triangles for strength and the share weight; "Spaceship Earth"; ephemeralization; synergetic; numerous inventions; architectural designs, the best known of which is the geodesic dome. Carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their resemblance to geodesic spheres; " "the search for the principles governing the universe and help advance the evolution of humanity in accordance with them... finding ways of doing more with less to the end that all people everywhere can have more and more"; documented his life, philosophy and ideas scrupulously by a daily diary (later called the Dymaxion Chronofile), and by twenty-eight publications; safer, aerodynamic car, which he called the Dymaxion; polyphasic sleep, AKA Dymaxion sleep experiment 1943;

Teachers: NATURE; grand nephew of Margaret Fuller; Isamu Noguchi; Dr. Walther Bauersfeld; Y Korzybski;

Students: Jean Houston; Robert Masters; Stewart Brand; Chuck Furnace; John Brunner, SF author; Eric Chaisson; Douglas Hofstadter of Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid; Cole Gerst; David Pescovitz;

Friends: Eugene O'Neill; President Ronald Reagan; Buddy Rich, jazz drummer;

Organizations; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1968; American Institute of Architects

Author: I Seem To Be a Verb, 1970; two documentary films: The World of Buckminster Fuller (1971) and Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud (1996); What I Have Learned: A Collection of 20 Autobiographical Essays, Chapter "How Little I Know", (1968); Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (1969) ; Utopia or Oblivion (1969) ; Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking (1975) in collaboration with E.J. Applewhite; Critical Path (1981) ; Grunch of Giants (1983); Inventions: The Patented Works of R. Buckminster Fuller (1983); Grunch of Giants: Gross Universal Cash Heist;

Quotes: " “I did not set out to design a geodesic dome,” he once said. “I set out to discover the principles operative in Universe. For all I knew, this could have led to a pair of flying slippers”;

Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckminster_Fuller;AMOK: Fourth Dispatch ; http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/gallery-paying-tribute-to-the-mad-genius-of-buckminster-fuller/?hpw&rref=t-magazine ; http://life.time.com/culture/buckminster-fuller-american-visionary-photos/#1 ;