Bucky's Dome

On July 12, the 50th anniversary of R. Buckminster Fuller's patent for the geodesic dome, the United States Postal Service is honoring the inventor/architect/engineer/philosopher with a 37-cent stamp.

Bucky stamp

Although the stamp appears a little too cartoon-like for my tastes, it originally appeared as the cover of Time Magazine in January, 1964. Painted by Boris Artzybasheff, it depicts not only the geodesic dome, but also the Dymaxion car and the 4D Apartment House.

As one of the most forward-thinking, optimistic, and humanistic people of the 20th Century, I'm glad to see Mr. Fuller with any sort of honor, helping to keep his ideas alive. I highly recommend his book Critical Path to anybody interested in his ideas and his life.