Buckminster Fuller as Co-Conspirator

[adapted from a TrimTab Book Club posting ]

On the topic of his collaborations, I’d say he wanted to be accepted as a collaborator in specialist circles, but these were compelled to view him as an outsider and polarized to repulse his advances.

I’m thinking of the virus story in particular, and how Caspar and Klug contacted him about the capsomere numbers they were getting: 12, 42, 92, 162… Fuller came back with 10*F*F + 2, which I believe is the formula Coxeter called The New Yorker back about, to say “yes, an important contribution” (also…