A Fuller Explanation
Edmondson clarifies Buckminster Fuller's synergetic geometry in conventional language and mathematics and illuminates his effort to employ synergetics as a strategy for human survival. Updated author Preface and new Foreword by J. Baldwin. clarifies
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A Fuller Explanation: The Synergetic Geometry of R. Buckminster Fuller
Amy C. Edmondson
Limited preview - 2012
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Page 16 - It makes no difference of what material either the fulcrum or lever consist — wood, steel, reinforced concrete. Nor do the sizes of the lever and fulcrum in any way alter either the principle or the mathematical regularity of the ratios of physical work advantage which are provided at progressive, fulcrum-to-load, increments of distance, outward from the fulcrum in the opposite direction, along the lever's arm to where the operating effort is applied. Mind is the weightless and uniquely human faculty...
Page 16 - ... in the opposite direction, along the lever's arm to where the operating effort is applied. Mind is the weightless and uniquely human faculty which surveys the ever larger inventory of special case experiences stored in the brain-bank and, seeking to identify their inter-complementary significance, from time to time discovers one of the rare scientifically generalizable principles, running consistently throughout all the relevant experience set. The thoughts that discover them are weightless and...
Page 5 - These simple truths each relate to different aspects of synergetic geometry. But for all his lighter anecdotes, Fuller's underlying message could not have been more serious: The fact that 99 percent of humanity does not understand nature is the prime reason for humanity's failure to exercise its option to attain universally sustainable physical success on this planet. The prime barrier to humanity's discovery and comprehension of nature is the obscurity of the mathematical language of science. Fortunately,...