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 archives.
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 archives.
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.
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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.
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study of tessellations that appeared at this time.
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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.