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What started as a "hollow graphite balloon" in 1966, progressed to a ball of paper and tape in 1985, had heralded the development of three-dimensional fullerene chemistry (and biochemistry) and associated cluster/microcluster research by 1990. Its basis: The C60 "buckyball", named for R. Buckminster Fuller, developer of architecture's 'geodesic' dome. Richard Smalley and Robert Curl of Rice University, and Harry Kroto of the University of Sussex in England, have shared the credit for the discovery, but it was very much a collaboration.

First noted in common 'soot', and now speculated to be part of the cosmic molecular streamers stretching to the centre of the galaxy, C60 was only produced mechanically in 1990 by laser-vaporizing graphite in a pulsed jet of helium. Recent research has focused upon creating sufficient quantities to allow its many theoretical uses to be explored.

The molecule is edgeless, chargeless and unbound, spinning freely. Inert and stable, in crystal form as soft as graphite, but compressed to less than 70% of its volume, C60 becomes harder than diamond. Capable of 'caging' very reactive elements to make them manageable, it possesses a unique affmity for the development of exohedral and endohedral complexes.


This sixness phenomenon tantalizingly suggests its being the same transformative sixness as that which is manifest in the cosmically constant sixfoldedness of vectors of all the topological accountings; and in the sixness of equieconomical alternative degrees of freedom inherent in every event; as well as in the minimum of six unique interrelationships always extant between the minimum of four "star events" requisite to the definitive differentiation of a conceptual and thinkable system from out of the nonunitarily conceptual but inherently finite Universe, because of the latter's being the aggregate of locally finite, conceptually differentiable, minimum-system events.
B. F. Fuller
Nearby, "copper vats" for storage were constructed, so that the energy was always available. According to Ruth's guides, the secret of the Great Crystal was in its carbon structure, which by an unrevealed process was "sufficiently powerful enough to raise the level of energy ten thousand times greater than of any known instrument today".
Secrets from Atlantis
What is the Glass Bead Game?

Hesse, speaks of a Game of Thoughts
called the
Glass Bead Game
that he practiced while burning leaves in his garden.
As the ashes filter down through the grate, he says,

"I hear music and see men of the past and future.
I see wise men and poets and scholars and artists harmoniously building the hudnred-gated Cathedral of Mind.

His personal experience defines the unio mystica of all the separate members of the Universitas Litterarum that he bodied out symbolically in the form of an elaborate Game performed according to the strictest rules and with supreme virtuosity by the mandarins of the spiritual province, Castalia.


for the

Cathedral of Mind


Spiritual Province of Castalia



that which gives a jewel its fire
gives its energy to the sun

reflectivity geometry




6-dimensional coordinates

721.01 Stability requires six struts, each of which is a combinedly push-pull structural member. It is a synergetic characteristic of minimum structural systems that the system is not stable until the introduction of the last structural component essential to completion of minimum omnisymmetric array.
B. F. Fuller
What is the source of this transcendence? For Teilhard, it is "thought" or "reflection." He describes it as "the power acquired by a consciousness to turn it upon itself, to take possession of itself as of an object endowed with its own particular consistence and value: no longer merely to know, but to know oneself; no longer merely to know but to know that one knows."

Today we find research students are numbered in the hundreds of thousands-soon to be millions-and they are no longer distributed superficially and at random over the globe, but are functionally linked together in a vast organic system that will remain in the future indispensable to the life of the community." You cannot but think of today's "Internet," yet this was written so long ago.

But what of the ultimate future, if any. Teilhard says there are no guarantees, "synthesis implies risk." "Life is less certain than death." However, if evolution does in fact reach a final stage it will be "the self-subsistent centre and absolutely final principle of irreversibility and personalisation: the one and only true Omega." Teilhard's hope for the future of the noosphere is found in what he called the "Omega Point," perhaps the most controversial aspect of his thought.
Kenneth A. Falconer




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