The Dymaxion map or Fuller map is a projection of a world map onto the surface of an icosahedron, which can be unfolded and flattened to two dimensions. The flat map is heavily interrupted in order to preserve shapes and sizes. The 1954 version published by Fuller, the Airocean World Map, used a modified but mostly regular icosahedron as the base for the projection, which is the version most commonly referred to today. The Dymaxion projection is intended only for representations of the entire globe. The name Dymaxion was applied by Fuller to several of his inventions. Properties Fuller claimed that his map had several advantages over other projections for world maps. It has less distortion of relative size of areas, most notably when compared to the Mercator projection; and less distortion of shapes of areas, notably when compared to the Gall–Peters projection. More unusually, the Dymaxion map does not have any "right way up". Impact See also List of map projections
Related: Dymaxion Map / Fuller Map
Dymaxion Projection AnimationDymaxion Projection Animation After lying untouched for years -- I haven't even looked at this in at least three -- there was such an interest surge in this animation that I revisited it for a new improved rendering. The miracle: Even seven years later, my C code is still readable, my POV files still render properly, and my animation still works. The result is much improved in almost every way. My animation of an unfolding Dymaxion Map is available as a 1.4 meg ZIPped 640x480 QuickTime or as a 40k ZIPped 320x240 QuickTime or as a 400k 160x120 Java animation. This is an animation illustrating Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map Projection of Earth. Basically, Fuller started with the data for the spherical Earth surface. Anyway, this illustration was made using a C program to output Persistence of Vision Raytracer files, which were then raytraced on a DEC Alpha running OSF/1. Both animations are hereby released to the public domain. Thanks to the following information sources:
Critical Path (book)Critical Path is a book written by US author and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller with the assistance of Kiyoshi Kuromiya. First published in 1981, it is alongside Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth one of Fuller's best-known works. Vast in its scope, it describes Fuller's own vision of the development of human civilization, economic history, and his highly original economic ideology based, amongst other things, on his detailed description of why scarcity of resources need no longer be a decisive factor in global politics. The following is a list of the main claims and opinions presented in the book, reported without discussion or criticism. The first part of the book explains the history and present state of the global economy. Human life began in the atolls of the South Pacific, where the average sea temperature is closest to that of the human body (p. 6). Our knowledge of the spherical shape of the Earth is central to our understanding of ecology (p. 34). Critical path. Mr.
Robert W. Gray's Buckminster Fuller NotesBecause of the amount of information I have accumulated on Fuller's world maps, particularly the icosahedron based map, I have divide the information into many different parts. But first, here is an example of Fuller's Icosahedron based world map (sometime refereed to as the Dymaxion(TM) map.) The word Dymaxion and the Fuller Projection Dymaxion(TM) Map design are trademarks of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, Santa Barbara, California, (c) 1938, 1967 & 1992. All rights reserved. You can contact the BFI at BFI@AOL.COM. I have published 2 papers on Fuller's maps. Gray, Robert W., Fuller's DymaxionTM Map, Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, 21(4): 243-246, 1994. Here is a list of various information on Fuller's map from which to choose. General info about Fuller's map Different apprpaches to the transformation problem Area distortion of the map Coordinates for icoashedron the orientation C language source code for Longitude-Latitude to xy-coordinate transformation
Wind MapAn invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. The wind map is a personal art project, not associated with any company. We've done our best to make this as accurate as possible, but can't make any guarantees about the correctness of the data or our software. Please do not use the map or its data to fly a plane, sail a boat, or fight wildfires :-) If the map is missing or seems slow, we recommend the latest Chrome browser. Surface wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. If you're looking for a weather map, or just want more detail on the weather today, see these more traditional maps of temperature and wind.