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Buckyball turns 30
In 1985, a new form of carbon molecule was discovered with 60 carbon atoms (C60) which was named the “Buckyball” in honor of Buckminster Fuller’s nickname “Bucky” and the general class of materials were christened as “Fullerenes.” If you’ve ever examined the geometry of a geodesic dome, the familiar pattern of triangle-subdivided hexagons and pentagons will intuitively remind you that this shape is a close approximation of a sphere using linear elements. This quasi-rounded shape’s closeness to a sphere, combined with Fuller’s ‘tensegrity‘ – the robustness of using only triangular elements – contributes to it’s outstanding strength for a given amount of structural material; I decided to build a geodesic dome home in 1978 after seeing a Cathedralite Dome (the only vendor at the time that paid royalties to Bucky Fuller) that had a massive oak tree crash onto it… Only a few asphalt shingles needed to be replaced; any other structure would have likely been demolished by the tonnage of the oak’s limbs. Another property owing to the spherical mimicry is the close-to-maximal amount of enclosed volume for a given amount of structural material; a very efficient shape indeed!
Here’s more about these interesting geometric nano-materials that assume the familiar Archimedean Solid (polyhedron) shape of Truncated Icosahedron; most folks think of the soccer ball shape and a quote from the related Wikipedia article on them:
“The discovery of fullerenes greatly expanded the number of known carbon allotropes, which until recently were limited to graphite, diamond, and amorphous carbon such as soot and charcoal. Buckyballs and buckytubes have been the subject of intense research, both for their unique chemistry and for their technological applications, especially in materials science, electronics, and nanotechnology.”
(2) Websites, Books, Videos, Imagery, Music and Quotes
- In Fake Universes, Evidence for String Theory
- A paper on golden spirals: Alloy Sequence – Alloy Spiral by T. R. Phillips
- thanks to my sister for alerting me to Andrew Norman’s Sacred Geometry with plans of Chartres Cathedral and music inspired by it; his music has won a Berlin Prize
- Deep space galactic doppler imaging: Best 3D View of Deep Universe Reveals Astonishing Details (Video)
- A nice photo blog with imagery of the Great Pyramid and the Giza Plateau near Cairo, Egypt
- video: Optical Glass Sculptures by fine art glass artist Jack Storms – The Glass Sculptor he uses Fibonacci proportions in his 3D glass work.
- Classic new age music “Angels of Comfort” by Iasos
- a Sacred Geometry Facebook page
- Robin Eley – Artist – Troika, squaring the circle, Kohn Gallery thanks to another fellow geometer, Liberty McGeo, for the heads-up! 🙂
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If you like to color with colored pencils (or other media), make 3-D fold-up geometric art, do stained glass, quilts, geometric arts and/or crafts, or just want an extensive reference/resource of geometric archetypes, patterns and essential line art, you might enjoy a copy of my first book, Sacred Geometry Design Sourcebook: Universal Dimensional Patterns.
If your leanings are more metaphysical … and perhaps whimsical 🙂 … you might enjoy my second book, The Geometry Code: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation. It was originally going to have geometry and Hermetic Laws/symbolism as a primary focus, but in 2007, a reawakened interest in the spiritual masterpiece, A Course In Miracles – thanks to Gary Renard – shifted the primary emphasis to an exploration of the two thought fundamental systems we all vacillate between, and how we can gradually shift our mind’s identity to the happy one.
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