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Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking
by R. Buckminster Fuller
Although originally published by Macmillan in two separate volumes (in 1975 and 1979 respectively), it was always the author's intention that the numbered passages in each would someday be shuffled into a single "deck". This happened -- in the web edition of this magnum opus.
by E.J. Applewhite
Synergetics is Fuller's name for the geometry he advanced based on the patterns of energy that he saw in nature.

For him, geometry was a laboratory science with the touch and feel of physical models--not rules out of a textbook. He started with models of the closest packing of spheres. From that basic starting point he derived triangles as the most economical relationship between events.

A Fuller Explanation
by Dr. Amy C. Edmondson
The goal of this book is to catalyze a process which I hope will continue and expand on its own: to rescue Fuller's fascinating material from its unfortunate obscurity.
Reading Synergetics: Some Tips
Chris Fearnley
Synergetics is systemic. Often we try to get a one frame-view of Universe. But in synergetics we have many interacting systems. We must change our angular perspective to find the relationship that we are interested in. Often in synergetics some interesting system will only be partially and tantalizingly explored by Fuller in the text. So you begin to ask some of your own questions. Now is the time to begin an investigation - to try your hand at cosmic fishing.
An Introduction to Synergetics
by Kirby Urner
Synergetics is a 'geometry of lumps' in which even points occupy volume, however infinitesimal. All objects in synergetic topology have the same dimensional characteristics. Nor are 'perfect solids' ever defined. Every surface is permeable.
The Invention
Behind the Inventions:
Synergetics in the 1990s

by Kirby Urner
R. Buckminster Fuller was best known for his geodesic domes. This fact has both helped and hampered our efforts to draw attention to his synergetic geometry, the "invention behind the inventions." Scientists will typically make the link between the shape of a virus or carbon molecule, and the dome's distinctive architecture, but then stop short of exploring the underlying tetrahedral geometry, because "architecture" is not virology or chemistry, and because "synergetics" is not in their vocabulary.
Memo to the
National Council
of Mathematics Teachers
by K. Urner

In just three paragraphs I've covered a lot of geometry, and it wasn't hard to grasp -- none of it was beyond a 10th grader's level of literacy. With a few high powered animations and some hands-on model making, kids would have all this stowed away in no time. With this basic toolkit absorbed, it's easier to navigate in the structured worlds of virology, chemistry, crystallography, even cartography. A lot more of the curriculum finds a foothold, once the concentric hierarchy is firmly anchored. The chemistry teacher down the hall will have a much easier time discussing the allotropes of carbon with students already so well prepared.

Toward a Psychology
of Synergetics

by Kirby Urner
The link to 'Synergetics' is clear too: Fuller launches various signifiers into a namespace of his own invention. Just because we have a sense of 'gravity' from reading in some Newtonian field, doesn't necessarily give us the whole story with regard to these alternative (i.e. remote, alien) usages, wherein 'precession' and 'radiation' are likewise participating in the void ('isotropic vector matrix'), in a way that is mutually co-definitional.
Beyond Flatland:
Geometry for the 21st Century

by Kirby Urner
Given the streamlining effects of merging fcc packing with the octet truss and a concentric hierarchy of easy-to-remember volumes, the essentials of this curriculum are likely to gravitate down to lower grade levels, such that all of the above will be in some form accessible to an average 14 year old. Using TV, the internet, and film, it should be possible to communicate this primary level information quickly to a fairly large and global audience. We hope to have this job completed or well underway by the end of 1998.
Archives of Synergetics-L Five years worth of archived content downloadable as compressed text file. Many people from different walks of life talking about synergetics and related topics, and contributing the results of their own research.

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