The extraordinary influence exerted on science and society by the work and ideas of the American geometrician, engineer, architect, and designer R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was the subject of Science Kick '94--a special, day-long symposium held at the University City Science Center (UCSC) in Philadelphia on May 25.

" 'Bucky' Fuller was a really special guy," says William Reach, a Philadelphia songwriter who was the principal force in organizing the event. Reach first became interested in the visionary engineer in 1977, when he attended a talk given by Fuller in Los Angeles. His enthusiasm eventually led Reach to launch a recent effort to educate the public about Fuller's ideas--resulting in the symposium, which was supported in part by the National Science Foundation. Held at UCSC, where Fuller had worked for the last 10 years of his life, the symposium featured talks by people from different fields whose work has been...

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