Bucky’s World Sneak peek.
I have recently discovered a new tool for modeling.
After many years of seeking an easy way to translate between 90° Cartesian coordinates and 60° coordinates of nature, Google has made available SketchUp a free, three-dimensional modeling package that is really quite good. I used 3D studio Max for many years and switched to POV-Ray for reasonable results without having to pay thousands of dollars for licensing.
While SketchUp has a Pro version, I find the free version more than adequate. That being said, I will probably upgrade to Pro take full advantage.
SketchUp 2017 is available for free download. I used it to develop the above models in a relatively short time. The ability to translate an object in a very intuitive fashion makes conversion to 60° coordinates relatively simple. As you can see, I have only begun to scratch the surface and I find that the use of “components”, which then can be used within other components, a wonderful tool.
SketchUp is also available as a viewer. Let me know if there’s any interest in having my models available.
I see some excellent opportunities for educational models. I hope to stay very active in this as I see it as a great opportunity to finally model some of the key concepts that Fuller puts before us.
I have been making physical and cyber models of some of the basic Synergetic Principles in anticipation of using them in an upcoming seminar. I have decided to post them here as I complete and animate them. I’ll give a brief description of what we are looking at with some possibilities.
This model is a 3 frequency Vector Equilibrium [FULL ANIMATION] and is the root of much of synergetics. We are not showing the vectors here, only the spheres, and, for demonstration purposes, they are half the unit radius. As the object rotates about the Y axis we can see many variations in alignment and symmetry. I suspect this is typical of many of the “particles” we are dealing with. As it rotates it may appear very differently depending on one’s POV. This also contributes to the Heisenberg Principle in that it is virtually impossible to locate the exact center in the midst of the spin. Remember we are talking about trying to lock an unknown, unseen object in space and time as layers of other “particles” whiz around it. Like trying to see where the end of a fan blade is.
The 3 frequency is significant as it represents the upper limit of unique sphere nestings. The outer layer of 92 gives us the number of unique, regenerative elements. The total number of spheres is 238, the atomic number of Uranium, the heaviest of the elements. We’ll go into this in another post.
I have stated before on this blog that I am a model builder, first and foremost. Ever since first getting involved with Synergetics in the 70’s I have been looking for the best way to construct models within the format of the Isotropic Vector Matrix, the “shape” of the Universe, the Higgs Field, the Aether. Several years ago I found a Christmas toy that was available at my local Walgreen’s Drug Store called under various brands with varying levels of quality Geo-Mags, or Mag-Stix or the like. It consisted of a construction set like Legos or Tinker Toys. It was a number of steel balls about 1/2″ in diameter and plastic pieces about 1 1/2″ long with a small, flat magnet at each end. 12 sticks fit nicely around one ball. Worked great for Synergetic modelling and I made a few art projects using them until some safety board realized that if your 3 year old ate one of these sticks, and the magnets came out, they could attract with each other from different sections of the intestine and F things up pretty good. So, they were taken off the shelves. I was bummed, what could I use instead? Now keep in mind the costliest of these would cost like $25 for 100 pieces…I typically use 5-10K pieces in a construction. The trouble with the cheaper ones was the lack of consistency in the length of the pieces. Sometimes I got to the end of a piece and just couldn’t get the surfaces flat (I’ll explain that later). Then I saw a video about Frank Chester, who spoke at Rhode Island School of Design, it’s on U-tube. He uses Q-tips and rubber cement. Brilliant! Not sure if it’s his idea but it sure works well. As a matter of fact, I am not exaggerating when I say this may be the greatest educational toy ever.
The Q-tips are uniform length, cheap (100 cost $.25 here in Costa Rica) and available in color. I can get a half liter of silicon liquido for $4 at any libreria. The real beauty ( as if this wasn’t enough) is in the adjustability of the Q-tips. When the cement is slightly dry it tacks nicely making it easy to piece together tetrahedra and assemble and connect them on the fly. I generally work on 15-20 Q-tips at a time and, when I have them partly assembled, can go point-to-point adjusting the position of the end points. At first, I thought this just a convenience in making the models but, something quickly manifested the true purpose of this “toy.” As I assembled the first big piece I could feel the structure tighten up as I added the layers of Q-tips. As a layer would get completed I would go back over the entire layer and tweek each point. Invariably, when I got all the way around., all of the slight deviations could be balanced out, all the faces could be flattened by placing the face on the work table and gently pressing down a multiple points on the piece. Since the glue wasn’t completely dry, and was flexible even then, final adjusting was a breeze.
How is this educational? Well, if Synergetics is the underlying geometry of the Universe, as we are contending, what better way to see how it works than by playing with it? Not only do we get a hands-on experience of the structural integrity that Synergetics offers but, we also get to see the sheer diversity offered by Synergetic Modelling. Numerous principles of physics, chemistry, biology can be modelled this way as can marketing, social interaction, geo-political forces.
I am currently working on several sets of models, for an upcoming seminar I am putting together, as well as a video/book with some suggestions and graphics showing where I have gone with this.
If I had any money I would buy Q-tip stock!
I’ve been working with vector based structures for a while and ran across this model of the closest packed spheres which comprise a 2-frequency Vector Equilibrium. Remember the frequency is the number of spaces between the spheres in an edge, not the number of spheres.
I would like the viewer to remember that the vector based model below (a 1-frequency VE) is based on this spherical packing, the vectors connecting the centers of the spheres. This represents an “at-rest” or “zero-point” which is only passed through for an instant of the cycle of frequency which, we now know, pervades everything. Let’s call this a model of the Higgs Boson.
This model represents another of the important concepts underlying Synergetics; the relationship of the various members of the Cosmic Hierarchy.
Here we are showing the relationship between the tetrahedron and the vector equilibrium. As the faces of the tetrahedron collapse (we’ll discuss why in a bit), the stable tetrahedron transforms into the VE. This process occurs continuously in a positive and negative fluctuation which generates all sorts of frequency and wave conditions as we will see. For now we are just investigating the basics.
Keep in mind that the tetrahedron represents the minimum structure in Universe. 4 vertices, 6 edges and 4 faces, an inside and an outside. We will also show in later posts how the tetrahedron is an excellent model for the photon which has been particularly enigmatic in the hands of traditional physicists. It acts like a wave or a particle, very predictably, depending on how you look at it. We can demonstrate why it can act as both and also, in the process give a workable model of quantum mechanics which any 12 yr old high school student with an interest in science may easily grasp.
Here we have one of the most important figures in Synergetics; the Vector Equilibrium. [FULL AMIMATION]
It’s based on the closest packing of twelve unit radius spheres around a nuclear sphere. The vectors (lines connecting the centers of the spheres} are all of equal length. The figure is not stable and represents a “Zero State,” a phase which is passed through but never paused at. Because of this, this figure is rarely seen in nature.
For now, I just want you to see how this figure is derived because it is the basis of much of what we are doing here.
This is a model of what Fuller titled “Cosmic Hierarchy for Omniinterrationally-phased, Nuclear-centered, Convergently-divergently Intertransformable Systems.” We’ll get into the details as we progress. For now we’ll just take a look at it.
It could be that this model embodies the soul of Synergetics. Could these 6 geometric figures comprise the entire structural system of our Universe? Fuller seemed to think so. Think of the hologram. As these figures nest and recombine they follow the same rules of geometry at every level and repeat every 6 levels. I think this system can be used to model anything in a way much closer to the way nature does.
Now, in many areas Fuller went into much greater detail as to how these figures can be subdivided and rearranged to explain many physical phenomena. I’ll leave that to others. I am going to try to use my own models to illustrate as many physical principles as I can, as they occur to me.
The image above represents one of the most basic concepts in Synergetics.
We are looking at the vectors connecting the 12 spheres surrounding a 13th nuclear sphere. This figure rarely appears in nature as it is representative of a “zero point” that is passed through from minus to plus extremes.This concept is so basic that I will be showing a series of different ways of looking at this figure and also how it appears as it rotates around different axes.