Critical Path

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Macmillan, Feb 15, 1982 - Architecture - 471 pages
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R. Buckminster Fuller is regarded as one of the most important figures of the 20th century, renowned for his achievements as an inventor, designer, architect, philosopher, mathematician, and dogged individualist. Perhaps best remembered for the Geodesic Dome and the term "Spaceship Earth," his work and his writings have had a profound impact on modern life and thought.

Critical Path is Fuller's master work--the summing up of a lifetime's thought and concern--as urgent and relevant as it was upon its first publication in 1981. Critical Path details how humanity found itself in its current situation--at the limits of the planet's natural resources and facing political, economic, environmental, and ethical crises.

The crowning achievement of an extraordinary career, Critical Path offers the reader the excitement of understanding the essential dilemmas of our time and how responsible citizens can rise to meet this ultimate challenge to our future.


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User Review  - BrentNewhall - LibraryThing

Quite the book. It's Fuller's attempt to convince humanity of the importance of fundamental change. Fuller's ideas are solid and practical, but perhaps a bit too rational and weird for mainstream ... Read full review

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This book provides a refreshing angle on many of the "status quo" explanations of History and also provided (provides) real world predictions for all humans from a viewpoint in the 1980's. that are testable, and in some cases have already come to pass. It is also a book that can be digested in morsels, pick a chapter and chew thoroughly.
Buckminster Fuller's contribution to everything human has been slighted by the culture. Whether this is due to discomfort with his frank and pragmatic analysis or the lack of dissemination is not clear.

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Speculative Prehistory of Humanity
Humans in Universe
Legally Piggily
SelfDisciplines of Fuller
The Geoscope
World Game
Critical Path Part One
Critical Path Part Two
Critical Path Part Three
Critical Path Part Four
Chronology of Scientific Discoveries and Artifacts
Chronological Inventory of Prominent Scientific Technological Economic and Political World Events 1895 to Date

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Page xii - To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
Page x - If all the good people were clever, And all clever people were good, The world would be nicer than ever We thought that it possibly could. But somehow 'tis seldom or never The two hit it off as they should; The good are so harsh to the clever, The clever so rude to the good!

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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. Fuller was renowned for his comprehensive perspective on the world's problems. For more than five decades, he developed pioneering solutions reflecting his commitment to the potential of innovative design to create technology that does "more with less" and thereby improve human lives. The author of nearly 30 books, he spent much of his life traveling the world lecturing and discussing his ideas with thousands of audiences. In 1983, shortly before his death, he received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, with a citation acknowledging that his "contributions as a geometrician, educator, and architect-designer are benchmarks of accomplishment in their fields." After Fuller's death, a team of chemists won the Nobel Prize for discovering a new carbon molecule with a structure similar to that of a geodesic dome, they named the molecule "buckminsterfullerene"—now commonly referred to in the scientific community as the buckyball.