Monday, January 2

Did Bucky Fuller peel mandarins?

R. Buckminster Fuller was a genius at rejecting the ordinary then creating the extraordinary. His Dymaxion map let us see, for the first time, the world’s landmasses with the least possible distortion of sizes of the continents and islands in relation to each other. By making triangles which could be moved around and butted up to other triangles, the relative distances between points on the globe were more accurately presented than using other mapmaking techniques.

 When I peeled a mandarin orange this morning, I was flattening a globe. It struck me that Bucky may have gotten his idea from the same activity. “Food” for thought, methinks.

Dymaxion map from Wikipedia

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