Welcome to Cosmography by Buckminster Fuller. This is a blog dedicated to exploring the universe and everything in it. Through the lens of cosmology, we'll investigate the nature of reality, the origins of life and the universe, and the mysteries of our place in it all. Join us on this journey of discovery as we explore the cosmos together.
Who Was Buckminster Fuller? Buckminster Fuller was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Some of his designs include the Dymaxion house and car, the Wichita House, and the infamous geodesic dome. His ideas concerning energy and resource conservation were radical for his time, but have since been proven ahead of their time. In Cosmography, Fuller shares his vision for a sustainable future in which humanity would work together to live in harmony with the planet. What Is Cosmography? Cosmography is a book about Fuller's idea for a new kind of geography, one that would take into account all of humanity and the planet Earth as a whole. He believed that by understanding the interconnection of all things, we could create a more efficient and sustainable world. The book contains a wealth of information about Fuller's theories on everything from energy to transportation to housing. It is both an enlightening and frustrating read; while it is clear that Fuller was a genius, his ideas often seem far-fetched and overly idealistic. Nevertheless, Cosmography remains an important work in the field of systems thinking, and its effects can still be seen in many modern designs.
The Dymaxion Map
Fuller’s Dymaxion Map is one of the more revolutionary map projections ever conceived. Rather than representing the Earth’s surface on a flat plane, it presents it on an icosahedron, a polyhedron with 20 triangular faces. It can be unfolded into a flat map without distorting the relative sizes or shapes of the areas it depicts, and it also has the novel feature of including inland water bodies such as lakes and rivers. While it was never widely adopted, the Dymaxion Map has been praised for its innovative design, and it continues to fascinate map enthusiasts to this day.
The Dymaxion World
The Dymaxion World is a Buckminster Fuller cosmographic map, presenting a view of the universe as he saw it. It is Fuller's best-known two-dimensional projection, and he considered it "the cornerstone of my life's work".
Fuller's Other Inventions
Before he turned his attention to architecture, Fuller worked on a number of inventions, including a dry pounder for laundry and a spinnable bicycle wheel rim. He also developed an improved method for mooring ships and a system to track fireflies, which he hoped to use as an source of lighting.
Fuller's vision and approach to design were unique and revolutionary in his time, and his work continues to inspire designers, architects, and engineers today. He is best known for his innovative approach to geometry, which he called "Synergetics." This system is based on the way that molecules are arranged in space, and Fuller used it to generate intricate three-dimensional structures with a high degree of structural efficiency. He also applied Synergetics to the design of cities, transportation systems, and even entire countries. In addition to his work on geometry and architecture, Fuller was also a prolific writer and thinker on a wide range of topics. He wrote more than 30 books on subjects as diverse as philosophy, religion, art, history, and social change. His most famous book, "Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth," outlined his vision for a world in which all people had access to the resources they need to live prosperous and fulfilling lives. Fuller's ideas about design, technology, and society continue to be influential today. His work has been featured in major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, among other institutions. In 2015, Google released an open-source software toolkit inspired by Fuller's work on geometry and systems thinking.
Fuller's Dymaxion map is one of the most misunderstood pieces of cartography ever created. Hundreds of books and articles have been written about it, and yet very few people have actually looked at it closely. In this section, we will attempt to correct some of the more common misconceptions. The first point to understand is that Fuller was not trying to create a "map of the world." He was trying to create a map of the Earth's surface that would show, as clearly as possible, the relationships between all of the world's land masses. To this end, he advocated a projection that would show the entire surface of the Earth without any distortion. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a projection that can show the entire surface of the Earth without distortion. Any map that attempts to do so will necessarily distort either the shape or the size of the land masses it depicts. Fuller was well aware of this fact, but he felt that the distortions introduced by traditional projections were so great that they obscured the relationships between land masses to such an extent that they made it difficult to understand them. Fuller's solution was to adopt a projection that he believed would minimize these distortions. The specific projection he chose was one developed by German cartographer Heinrich Berghaus in 1885. This projection has since come to be known as the "fuller projection." While there is much to be said for Fuller's projection, it is important to understand that it is not a perfect solution. Like all projections, it distorts both shape and size; however, Fuller believed (and I think he was probably right) that it did so to a lesser extent than other commonly used projections.
-Buckminster Fuller, "Cosmography: A View of the Universe," in Critical Path (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1981), pp. Savage, et al. -Fuller, "Introduction," in Cosmography, p. xvi.
Buckminster Fuller was an American architect, inventor, and mathematician who is best known for his work on the geodesic dome. He also wrote a number of books on architecture, engineering, and philosophy, including the seminal work "Cosmography: A View of the Universe." Fuller's cosmographic vision was based on the premise that the universe is a dynamic system of interrelated parts that can be understood as a whole. In his view, all of reality is fundamentally interconnected, and our task is to learn how to read and understand this cosmic language. Fuller believed that by understanding the underlying patterns of the universe, we could create more efficient systems and solve many of the world's problems. He devoted his life to this goal, and his work has inspired countless people to think about the world in new and innovative ways.