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Annie Fetter

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Recommended Books
Posted: Jul 13, 1993 3:19 PM
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David Briars, the contributor of this list, is not yet on the Internet, but
had heard about the Forum through the Buckminster Fuller Institute
newsletter (which has generated some number of phone calls to the Forum).
He sent me this list, which I am posting, and will be putting in the

Files such as this will be kept in the /books.and.articles directory of our
archives, in a new directory called recommended.resources, and will be
filed under the author's name for now. When these archives get bigger, I
am hoping that we will be able to compile a large annotated book list,
combining peoples' recommendations. Until then, if you have a book list
you would like included, post it or mail it to me, and we'll put it in the

I have posted this under pre-college and research as I feel a number of
these books would appeal to folks in both arenas.

David's main interests lie in studying geodesic forms. He's hoping to get
on the Internet soon, but I will forward any correspondence to him.



Books reccommended by

David Briars, 802-586-9628
Rt-t B-45
Craftsbury Vt 05826


Dale Seymour Publications, linked with Addison Wesley in some way

Polyhedra poster set, by Dale Seymour 12.95 for 2
fabulous posters

Introduction to tessellations(repeating patterns)19.95
Polyhedra primer 15.95
Polyhedra, a visual approach 15.95
Inversions 10.95
Visual patterns in pascal's triangle 15.95


Addison Wesley, they own dale seymour but sell different books
1 jacob way
reading ma 01867 617 944 3700 800 447 2226 fax 617 944 0872

Build Your Own Polyhedra, by Hilton, Pedersen $27.50
Pictures of lots of folded light weight paper. quite complete but
a little intimidating to the browser compared to the other books


Tarquin Press, Shadbrook, Diss, Norwalk GB
this is a trade name of

Parkwest Publications Inc
238 W 72 St
NY NY 10023 212 877 1040

They have a childrens and adults catolog,

Curves, by leapfrog, around $9
A beautiful book characterized by blue curved lines drawn by the
compass, intersecting to form Islamic like patterns, but which are
spiritually up-lifting

Kalidometrics, by ? $7.50
Water colored tracings similar to the book Curves, but beautiful in a
different way. More mystical and dreamy, less technical.


Dover Press 212 255 3755
180 Varick St 800 223 3130
NY NY 10014

Isometric Perspective Designs, by John Locke $3.95
Cut and assemble 10 colored heavy paper colorful models. Very
attractive book.

Shapes, Space, and Symmetry, by Alan Holden $8.95
Excellent models of everything, made of paper, with good theory

Perplexing puzzles and tantalizing teasers, by Martin Gardner $3.95
Delightful cheap book, amusing with foolishness


Cambridge U Press 212 924 3900
40 W 20th St 800 221 4512
NY NY 10011

Spherical Models, by Magnus Wenninger $18.50
Paper models that are hollow, rather crumby and fragile looking,
Fairly complete treatment of the geometry though, needs another
look. May be the book with flexor forms.

Scientific American
Tessellations, jan 77

study of tessellations that appeared at this time.

Thames and Hudson 212 354 5500
500 5th Ave
NY NY 10110

Islamic Patterns, by Keith Critchlow $12.95
A treatment of tesselations from the Islamic religious point of view.
In the Islamic cultures, art which represented people or animals was
forbidden in order to prevent idolitry. Patterns became the only
available language of artist/philosophers interested in representing
all aspects of life. It certainly produced a great flowering of
pattern-art. We can wonder if the development of science in Islamic
cultures was crippled at this point, by trying to find platonic
mathematical anologs for everything. That is: by the command not to
record (and therefore observe) nature itself.

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