On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 1:17 PM, kirby urner <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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> > I'm not saying I'm expecting ending Cubism before the freezing over of that place, but I do go with my bevy of friends (some within the Beltway by the way) who think the exclusion of late 20th century thinking from the Transcendentalist camp (talking Bucky Fuller) is egregious and we mock all curricula that are uninformed at this point. >
Just to unpack that a little more (twas highly abbreviated), the Transcendentalist tradition may be traced to Dial Press and Dial Magazine, the writers therein, though that's too broad, a bigger ballpark. Wikipedia has entries.
For some more literary criticism, check 'The Pound Era' by the late Hugh Kenner, a professor of English, and columnist for BYTE magazine (a polymath type). He also wrote 'Geodesic Math and How to Use It'. Emerson, Thoreau, Margaret (R. B. Fuller's great aunt).
So Buckminster Fuller built this interesting "cult" (or one might say "cul de sac") in the literature, around the Tetrahedron as a unit of volume, and sounding as if our picking the cube might've been a mistake.
Who'd've ever thought so? What a wild idea.
Never mind how off the wall this might be; that a guy with like eleven PhDs and a Medal of Freedom, awards galore, friend to artists and heads of state, would even think such a thing, is at least worthy of an historical footnote -- actually way more than just a footnote.
You can get a lot of good geometry packed into that tiny memory space of his "concentric hierarchy of polyhedrons" -- but how many educators have even scratched its surface? Is it really that unworthy of notice? I've been looking into it and for me and my ethnic minority it's a required topic. And we vote.
We're like an upset minority in a democracy, saying our children matter too and we don't agree to keep silent about what appears to be an anti-STEM bias. That bias looks bad for the future, and we say so. Our own science fiction offers more hope, I like to think with plenty of realism to back it up.