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Bucky: A Guided Tour of Buckminster Fuller

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  33 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published February 1st 1973 by Not Avail (first published 1973)
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aneurysm1985
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Released in 1973 while Bucky Fuller was still alive and active, Hugh Kenner's biography remains an enlightening glimpse at the "Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th century".

Unique amongst the the half-dozen biographies I have read about Buckminster Fuller, Kenner has a strong poetic streak, which invigorates his writing. He uses imaginative language about "vectors radiating from where Bucky stands - twelve of them", and other phrases that make Fuller seem like a sort of alien conduit for universal tru
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Tom Quinn
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breathlessly energetic, this book is a fast and friendly whirlwind introduction to Buckminster Fuller, the man, and his inventive and intriguing ideas. The hard science is approachable and the writing is upbeat, so readers who suffer from "math anxiety" will be swept along without fear even when we start looking at vector diagrams and exploring complex multi-plane capital-G Geometry. Fuller himself is painted into a historical context with ease, portrayed at once as larger-than-life but also ver ...more
Richard
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful introduction to Fuller and his ideas. There is a fair amount of Kenner's interpreting also. The book has lots of links to other sources. For instance, I will probably buy a kit to make one of Fuller's isohedrons, in which tensiion among the elements holds it together, in contrast with traditional building techniques which rely on gravity.
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