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Buckminster Fuller's Engineering Contributions

  • 1.  Buckminster Fuller's Engineering Contributions

    Posted 5 days ago
    Buckminster Fuller was a generalist and did not quite fit the titles that we think of as an architect, engineer, inventor, mathematician, or scientist.  As I have begun reading about him, it seems that his work is not entirely considered in academic circles, despite his lecture tours.  My understanding is that his writing style (full of run-ons and made up words), interpretation that his work has socialist undertones, and abandonment of Euclidean geometry made his concepts difficult to integrate with traditional curriculum.  Fuller is best know for his work a a designer and promoter of the geodesic dome as nature's most efficient structure.

    Did you ever meet Fuller or attend one his lectures?  What were his greatest contributions as an engineer and designer?

    Chad Morrison P.E., F.ASCE
    Professional Engineer
    Greenville RI