101.01 Synergy means behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the behavior of their parts taken separately.
102.00 Synergy means behavior of integral, aggregate, whole systems unpredicted by behaviors of any of their components or subassemblies of their components taken separately from the whole.
-- R. Buckminster Fuller, Synergetics, 1975
Synergetics, in the broadest terms, is the study of spatial complexity, and as
such is an inherently comprehensive discipline. ... Experience
with synergetics encourages a new way of approaching and solving problems.
Its emphasis on visual and spatial phenomena combined with Fuller's holistic
approach fosters the kind of lateral thinking which so often leads to creative
-- Amy Edmondson
This was the East Coast Synergetics meeting which led to the formation of SNEC. Russell Chu, John Kirk, Joe Clinton, Jeannie Moberly, and CJ Fearnley met at the house that Jeannie and CJ recently purchased in Upper Darby, PA. There were over twelve hours of informal discussions. The participants agreed to convene again in Falls Church, VA. Planning the Falls Church meeting led to the formation of SNEC.
Russell Chu showed a model he built relating to his paper on Synergetic Crystallography An Introduction to Synergetic Crystallography.
Joe Clinton showed several of his models including one involving an open conjecture on Goldberg Polyhedra.
John Kirk showed the 1/6th of an equilateral triangle oragami module that he used to build the Jitterbug, tetrahedra, and icosahedra.
Jeannie unveiled (for the first time on the East Coast) 1/7th of her "Garden of Delights" painting.
We passed around Marvin Solit's paper on Holistic Geometry.
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