Buckminster Fuller's Universe: An Appreciation

Buckminster Fuller's Universe: An Appreciation

by Lloyd Steven Seiden
     
 
This eloquent and inspiring work fulfills the need for a book that ultimately recognizes and articulates Fuller's monumental contributions to humanity. It conveys an appreciative portrayal of the man affectionately dubbed "the grandfather of the universe." It also vividly illustrates Fuller's enormous impact upon and contribution to society as well as the ways in

Overview

This eloquent and inspiring work fulfills the need for a book that ultimately recognizes and articulates Fuller's monumental contributions to humanity. It conveys an appreciative portrayal of the man affectionately dubbed "the grandfather of the universe." It also vividly illustrates Fuller's enormous impact upon and contribution to society as well as the ways in which his visionary ideas will continue to shape and expand our perception of Spaceship Earth for years to come.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Inventor of the geodesic dome and the phrase ``spaceship earth,'' Fuller reportedly once had an out-of-body experience in which a voice told him: ``You do not belong to you. You belong to the Universe.'' The cocky, self-assured architect-engineer-poet-futurist, expelled twice from Harvard, who went on to shake the world with his technological innovations and vision of global unity, is brought down to earth in this absorbing biographical study. A lecturer-consultant specializing in Fuller's philosophy, Sieden here attempts to translate Fuller's ideas from the tech-guru's convoluted, jargon-laden style into accessible language. Though many of Fuller's major projects were commercial failures, Sieden succeeds in demonstrating how his search for Nature's underlying rules of harmony and efficiency is relevant to fields ranging from aviation and manufacturing technology to environmentalism, housing, parapsychology and extraterrestrial anthropology. Photos. (June)
Booknews
A sympathetic, even advocatory, account of the life and work of the designer, engineer, and architect, interpreting his creations as visible models of his philosophy. Well illustrated, including diagrams showing the principles of his designs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306431784
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
05/01/1989
Pages:
447
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.72(h) x 1.40(d)

What People are saying about this

Peggy Bassett
Sieden has done a magnificent job of simplifying and restating Fuller’s comprehensive view. (Rev. Peggy Bassett, D.D., Former President United Church of Religious Science Worldwide)
Barbara Marx Hubbard
Buckminster Fuller's Universe is a vivid, personal and revealing work which brings Fuller home to today’s people. (Barbara Marx Hubbard, futurist & author)
Richard D. Lamm
A well-painted portrait of a genius who had as many angles as his Geodesic Dome. (Richard D. Lamm, Former Governor of Colorado)
Amory B. Lovins
Sieden probes beyond Fuller's famous inventions to offer a unique psychological perspective on the roots of his successes and failures. (Amory B. Lovins, Director of Research, Rocky Mountain Institute)
Larry King
Everybody concerned about the planet should read this book. It fully illustrates that a great man walked among us. (Larry King, talk show host & author)
Allan Ray Putnam
Sieden has succeeded in bringing Fuller back as vibrant and thought provoking as ever, in a way we can understand. (Allan Ray Putnam, Former Director, American Society for Metals)
Timothy Willard
his book lays out the saga of a great 20th century mind and makes his complicated ideas come into focus. (Timothy Willard, Former Editor, The Futurist)
Richard Rogers
Fuller is one of a small number of geniuses. Sieden greatly assists us in understanding the man and his work. (Richard Rogers, architect)
John Cage
This is a very necessary and useful book. It is not written in Fuller's language. You will understand it.
Buzz Aldrin
Lloyd Sieden's interpretations of Fuller's creative genius should greatly enhance public acknowledgment of the intellectual wisdom of this diminutive giant. (Dr. Buzz Aldrin, former astronaut & author)

Meet the Author

Lloyd Steven Sieden is a lecturer, consultant, and educator with a specialty in the ideas of Buckminster Fuller. He has produced and presented educational programs for the Buckminster Fuller Institute and other organizations. He lives in Bellevue, Washington.

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