R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was an architect, engineer,
geometrician, cartographer, philosopher, futurist, inventor of the
famous geodesic dome, and one of the most brilliant thinkers of his
time. For more than five decades, he set forth his comprehensive
perspective on the world''s problems in numerous essays, which
offer an illuminating insight into the intellectual universe of
this "renaissance man." These texts remain surprisingly topical
even today, decades after their initial publication.
While Fuller wrote the works in the 1960''s and 1970''s, they
could not be more timely: like desperately needed time-capsules of
wisdom for the critical moment he foresaw, and in which we find
ourselves. Long out of print, they are now being published again,
together with commentary by Jaime Snyder, the grandson of
Buckminster Fuller. Designed for a new generation of readers,
Snyder prepared these editions with supplementary material
providing background on the texts, factual updates, and
interpretation of his visionary ideas.
In Ideas and Integrities Buckminster Fuller describes
the revolutionary designs and concepts he has pioneered -
among them the geodesic dome, the Dymaxion world map, the Dymaxion
4-D house, the Dymaxion 4-D automobile, and the countless other
structures and creations that have changed the face of America and
the world. And he sets forth his amazing and challenging ideas for
the world of the future - ideas that would revolutionize
everything from university education to bathroom design, ideas
that, above all, demonstrate how we can and must make far more
imaginative and efficient use of the resources now available to us
to ensure a better standard of living for all men.
Buckminster Fuller''s prophetic 1962 book Education
Automation brilliantly anticipated the need to rethink
learning in light of a dawning revolution in informational
technology - "upcoming major world industry." Along with other
essays on education, including "Breaking the Shell of Permitted
Ignorance," "Children: the True Scientists" and "Mistake Mystique"
this volume presents a powerful approach for preparing ourselves to
face epochal changes on spaceship earth: "whether we are going to
make it or not... is really up to each one of us; it is not
something we can delegate to the politicians - what kind of world
are you really going to have?"