Read this, please:

Nothing in this work (Tetrahedraverse) has, except by accident or coincidence, anything to do with the works, structures, ideas, and concepts of R. Buckminster Fuller.

Despite apparent correspondences and similar subject matter, none of my thinking has been influenced by, based on, or has arisen from, any of "Bucky's" ideation.

While I have the greatest respect for him and his works, Tetrahedraverse is ENTIRELY my own creation.

———John Brawley, March, 2004

This is an IMMENSE area of discussion.
I'm not going to bore you with most of it.
I have been fighting (arguing with) "BuckyFullerites" —those members of the almost religious community formed around Bucky's works— for a LOT of years.
I'm not going to bore you with THAT, either.

Suffice to say these few things:

1) Bucky mistakenly (IMO) thought his points (his tetrahedra, since he didn't believe in anything "smaller") were, or represented, or could be applied to, the physical aspects of reality.
I think the inverse: that it is the GAPS between pionts which are the "physics" of reality (see "physics" page), whether they are minor and movable (gaps between pionts) or major and "locked in place" inside a proton (non-nucleated icosahedron of pionts).

2) Bucky's "foundational" patterning is the "CCP", which cannot be maintained inside a sphere.
All my work is in-sphere work; the universe is a closed spherical packing of pionts with their monadic repulsion fields around them (thus packings can be modelled by ball-packings). Compare the two: these have the same number of balls (here seen as their centers; as vertices), but one is packed with a spherical bias, the other with a BOX bias.

3) Bucky starts his system with a ball-packing, of 13 equal radius spheres, and lays out [REFLINK] a set of RULES to follow in packing balls, starting with one ball.
Then somewhere in the middle of the packing of 13, he jumps over his own rules and proceeds to derive from his 13 balls, the "Vector Equlibrium."
I on the other hand, having made my own set(s) of rules and never having seen Bucky's, pack the balls the same way he says to pack them, arriving at a very different 13-ball packing having different properties.
(I call this packing, and any other 13-ball packing which is neither a true regular icosahedron nor a Vector Equlibrium, an "icosahedro(not)" —because it looks like an icosahedron, but it's NOT (get it?) a regular icosahedron.
My apologies for this rather silly name, but now that's it's been in use fifteen years and more, it's too late to change it.)

Here is an example of the difference between a CCP with no icosahedra in it, and one with a single icosahedron in it, distorting the CCP: (click here; backbutton back here)

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