Bucky for Dummies
(updated: 20 January 2013)
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Bucky believed that technology could save the World from itself, providing that it is used properly. Bucky, also better known as R. Buckminster Fuller (Richard Buckminster Fuller), was one of the first people whose writing I actually appreciated closely followed by Ayn Rand ("Atlas Shrugged" and "Fountainhead") and Gurdjieff ("Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson" and "Meetings With Remarkable Men" and "In Search of the Miraculous" by P.D. Ouspensky written about Gurdjieff). These authors, in turn, lead me to appreciate Ken Follett, who wrote the book, "The Pillars of the Earth" and Eiji Yoshikawa's, "Musashi."
Similar characters to Bucky whom I appreciate include Marvin Minsky ("Society of Mind"), Ray Kurzweil ("The Singularity Is Near" and "How to Create a Mind, The Secret of Human Thought Revealed"), and Stephen Wolfram ("A New Kind of Science").
Bucky is best known for his invention of the Geodesic Dome and the concept of enclosing the greatest amount of space with the least amount of material.
With the Dymaxion Global Map Bucky demonstrated the "one-world-island" concept and how the entire Planet Earth is or may have been a continuous land mass.
REFERENCES (and appreciation):
Bucky, R Buckminster Fuller, Geodesic Dome, Critical Path, Synergetics, Trimtab, World Game, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Spaceship Earth, Ephemeralization, Dymaxion House, Dymaxion Map, Biosphere, Systems Theorist, Futurist, Architectural Design, Mathematician, Geodesic Spheres, Fullerene, Dymaxion Chronofile, Dymaxion Car, Randolph Craft, Randy Craft, Synergy, Tensegrity, Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth