Ideas and Integrities: A Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure

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chapter 18
Continuous Man

The tentative encouragement in the direction of large geodesic domes for Europe and Asia experienced by recent observers, coincides with similar encouraging experiences which I have had. Many occurred during my most recent European travel. Largest encouragement is found, however, in my increasing communications. These accrue partially to my three around-the-world trips and to my 233 visits at 123 world universities and news of geodesic dome developments. Most especially they accrue to my conceptual planting in the fertile minds of voluntary students. A "Dymaxion" educated generation has now developed a working conviction of the comprehensive validity of my viewpoint, which was to them at first only theoretical. Their own protracted and maturing post-graduate experience has witnessed multiplying realizations of Dymaxion concepts reduced to going economic practices all around the world.

In 1927 I published my conviction that two billion new era premium technology-dwelling devices would be needed within this century, requiring a whole new world-encompassing service industry. I predicted that it would take a quarter of a century to establish that new industry. In 1952, right on theoretical schedule, the Ford Motor Company was the first purchaser of my geodesic domes, which were the prototypes of the new era premium technology structures. By 1962, I was able to count over two thousand of my structures in forty countries. The growth curve, slow in starting, is now rising in marked acceleration.

World-around employment of geodesic domes and autono-

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