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The Naming of Buckminsterfullerene

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Systematic chemical nomenclature has always been corrupted - or enhanced, depending on your point of view - by the prevalence of eponyms. The fact that C60 was named buckminsterfullerene could be construed as (a) an erratic departure from the etiquette of attributing discoveries to individuals (b) trivial, or (c) the validation of an intuitive vision of a designer of geodesic domes. H.W. Kroto said that the newly discovered carbon cage molecule was named buckminsterfullerene "because the geodesic ideas associated with the constructs of Buckminster Fuller had been instrumental in arriving at a plausible structure." It is becoming, in Fuller's case, that he made no claim; the honor was bestowed by others.

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The Mathematics Of Buckyballs

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Last week, University of Basel chemist John Maier and his colleagues published a paper in Nature solving a long-standing problem about the gaps between stars.  Astronomers had long known that something was floating out there because of observations of light spectra, but no one knew what it was.  Maier and his group finally solved the puzzle:  the mystery substance is Buckminsterfullerene, a molecule of carbon consisting of 60 atoms named in honor of architect Buckminster Fuller, creator of the geodesic dome.

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synchronofile.com

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Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (12 July 1895 – 1 July 1983) was a public speaker, author, mathematician and inventor. Fuller is best known as the popularizer of geodesic domes in architecture. He attempted to apply the most recent discoveries of science to the most basic of human needs such as shelter and transportation, without regard for precedent or profit or power, doing more with less. He called this process design science.

Fuller inspired both admiration and criticism during his life, and these have only grown since his passing. The publications of synchronofile.com are an independent resource on design science and Buckminster Fuller.

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We Got Buckminster Fuller's FBI File

We Got Buckminster Fuller's FBI File | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
Buckminster Fuller was a world-renowned architect, math-obsessed designer, and affable weirdo. He died in 1983, but Fuller is still remembered fondly today for his geodesic domes and his three-wheeled cars. Despite extensive historical interest in the man, his FBI file has never been made public. Until now.
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The Fuller World - Design Scientist

Buckminster Fuller The Fuller World. Design Scientist. (NET Series F-155, no. 1) Ann Arbor, Michigan: National Educational Television. December 1963 Original...
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Buckminster Fuller Pragmatic Utopias for Spaceship Earth

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Inventor, architect, philosopher, poet, and global thinker—Richard Buckminster Fuller defies categories. The American visionary is considered to be one of the most important providers of impulses for contemporary architecture and an intellectual precursor of the organic movement. His work has also, however, inspired contemporary artists like Olafur Eliasson and Andrea Zittel. Achim Drucks on the pragmatic optimist, who is held in high esteem by the Pentagon and hippies alike.

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Queen of Carbon Becomes First Woman to Receive IEEE Medal of Honor

Queen of Carbon Becomes First Woman to Receive IEEE Medal of Honor | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

Professor Mildred Dresselhaus will formally receive the 2015 IEEE Medal of Honor for her leadership and contributions across many fields of science and engineering. She is the first woman to receive the organisation’s highest honor since its inception in 1917. Dresselhaus is famous for her work in carbon-based materials including buckminsterfullerenes (buckyballs), nanotubes and graphene. In the energy sector, carbon-based materials are frequently discussed in terms of their ability to increase energy storage capacities in battery technologies and supercapacitors. According to the IEEE, “the era of carbon electronics can be traced back to [Dresselhaus's] tireless research efforts.”

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The Curious History Of The World Cup Soccer Ball

The Curious History Of The World Cup Soccer Ball | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
The design history of the world's favorite ball, from leather clunkers to the nostalgic Buckyball to the most spherical ball in the world.
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Why Bucky, and why now? - Linda Booth Sweeney

Why Bucky, and why now? - Linda Booth Sweeney | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

I’ve finished the manuscript for a children’s biography about Buckminster Fuller, and now I wait.  The editors in New York City and beyond are chewing him over, deciding if today’s middle school kids will find “Bucky” — most famous for his geodesic domes –  interesting, compelling, worth their time.

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The Restoration of Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home Kicks Off Saturday

The Restoration of Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home Kicks Off Saturday | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
The project's first phase will focus on the exterior and geometry of the geodesic dome in Carbondale, Ill.
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Buckminster Fuller Presages Online Education, with a Touch of TED, Netflix, and Pandora, in 1962

Buckminster Fuller Presages Online Education, with a Touch of TED, Netflix, and Pandora, in 1962 | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

In 1962, Buckminster Fuller delivered a prophetic lecture at Southern Illinois University on the future of education aimed at “solving [educational] problems by design competence instead of by political reform.” It was eventually published as Education Automation: Comprehensive Learning for Emergent Humanity — a prescient vision for online education decades before the web as we know it, and half a century before the golden age of MOOCs, with elements of TED and Pandora mixed in.

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Fourth Biennial Design Science Symposium

Fourth Biennial Design Science Symposium | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

The theme of this year's Biennial Symposium on Design Science is "STEM to STEAM thru Synergy: Bridging Morphology, Biomimicry, Sustainability, and Synergetics." It will be hosted by Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island from January 31 to February 2, 2014.


Confirmed presenters include:
Rosanne Somerson, Interim President, Rhode Island School of Design
Deborah A. Gist, PhD, Commissioner of Education, Rhode Island Department of Education
Dayna Baumeister, PhD, Biomimic & Co-founder Biomimicry 3.8
Dennis Bartels, Executive Director, San Francisco Exploratorium
Kavita Ramanan, PhD, Mathematician & Professor, Brown University
Lefteris Pavlides, Architect & Professor, Roger Williams University
Chris Zelov, Filmmaker & Project Director, Knossus Project
Richard Bresnahan, Master Ceramicist & Artist in Residence, St. Johns University
Eric Goetz, Marine Transportation Designer & CTO, Goetz Composites
Thomas T. K. Zung, Architect & Design Historian, Buckminster Fuller, Sadao, & Zung

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Buckyballs turn on copper’s magnetism

Buckyballs turn on copper’s magnetism | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

Exposure to buckyballs bestows ironlike magnetic properties onto the normally nonmagnetic metals copper and manganese.

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Buckminster Fuller Forever: Salute to an American Visionary

Buckminster Fuller Forever: Salute to an American Visionary | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
Boing Boing co-founder David Pescovitz pays tribute to the American inventor, architect and engineer Bucky Fuller, and celebrates "the importance of unintended consequences."
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The wonderful world of R. Buckminster Fuller on Pinterest

The wonderful world of R. Buckminster Fuller on Pinterest | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

Pointing to a burning log a child asked me "What is fire?" I answered "Fire is the Sun unwinding from the log. Earth revolves and impounds the Sun’s radiation. By photosynthesis the tree’s leaves convert the radiation into hydrocarbon molecules that form the tree’s outer layer. Each year the tree grows a new outer-layer which equal one year's Sun-energy impoundment. So fire is the many years of the Sun’s winding and unwinding from the tree that is letting go a very sunny day long ago."

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A Fuller Explanation

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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.

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Adam Savage of 'Mythbusters' discussing Fuller's take on the hydrosphere...

"MythBusters" host Adam Savage has learned his fair share of science in over 200 episodes of the Discovery show. But he says this one scientific fact blows his mind. 

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Buckminster Fuller on The Geodesic Life

"I must reorganize the environment of man by which then greater numbers of men can prosper"
- Buckminster Fuller as told to Studs Terkel during interviews recorded in 1965 and 1970

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Buckyballs enhance carbon capture

Buckyballs enhance carbon capture | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

Rice University scientists have discovered an environmentally friendly carbon-capture method that could be equally adept at drawing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial flue gases and natural gas wells.


The Rice lab of chemist Andrew Barron revealed in a proof-of-concept study that amine-rich compounds are highly effective at capturing the greenhouse gas when combined with carbon-60 molecules.


The research is the subject of an open-access paper today in Nature's online journal Scientific Reports.

 

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Buckyballs and diamondoids join forces in tiny electronic gadget from Stanford and SLAC

Buckyballs and diamondoids join forces in tiny electronic gadget from Stanford and SLAC | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

Scientists have married two unconventional forms of carbon – one shaped like a soccer ball, the other a tiny diamond – to make a molecule that conducts electricity in only one direction. This tiny electronic component, known as a rectifier, could play a key role in shrinking chip components down to the size of molecules to enable faster, more powerful devices.

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Knud Lonberg-Holm, Modernism's Invisible Architect and Mentor to Bucky Fuller

Knud Lonberg-Holm, Modernism's Invisible Architect and Mentor to Bucky Fuller | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it
An exclusive look at architect Knud Lonberg-Holm, the father of information design and one of Buckminster Fuller's greatest influences.
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Design Icon: 8 Works by Buckminster Fuller

Design Icon: 8 Works by Buckminster Fuller | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

“I seem to be a verb,” he once said. Even more than 30 years after his passing, when the magnificent machine that was Buckminster Fuller’s mind stopped minting ideas and inventions at a prodigious rate, there's still a sense that he is always in motion, moving too fast for the rest of us. You can call Richard Buckminster Fuller many things: a prophet of environmentalism and the counter-culture, decades ahead of the fringe; a Doc Brown of design thinking, whose buoyant optimism held firm to the idea humanity can innovate out of its problems; or simply a self-made genius. But most just called the inspirational thinker “Bucky.”

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On Education

On Education | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it

R. Buckminister Fuller attributed much of his inventive genius to the fact that he was a generalist, striving to synergetically integrate ideas from many diverse disciplines into a harmonious whole that was not only novel, but efficient, beautiful, and environmentally friendly. He often wrote and lectured about the limitations of our present educational system. From his essay: "Education Automation," I learned that our present educational system is geared towards specialization, which often leaves the solution of society's most pressing problems to those least able to solve them. How this came to be is explored below.

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San Jose Repertory Theatre

San Jose Repertory Theatre | Buckminster Fuller | Scoop.it


Radical futurist, inventor, poet and lovable genius, Bucky will challenge you to rethink your life, the world and the role the individual can play in the fate of Spaceship Earth. A consummate doer, Bucky challenged the status quo with cutting edge ideas that inspired many of the early founders of Silicon Valley. What will he inspire in you?

 

Not seen in the Bay Area in more than 10 years, the San Francisco Chronicle called this one-man tour de force

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