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OT: OT Re: Fuller Map OT: Shape of the Earth

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Sunday, November 16, 2003, 16:10
J Y S Czhang wrote at 2003-11-16 00:02:37 (EST)
 > In a message dated 2003:11:14 11:54:21 PM, yonjuuni@EARTHLINK.NET
 > writes:
 > >Jörg Rhiemeier wrote:
 > >
 > >> Fiddlesticks!  The world has the shape of a d20 (an
 > >> icosahedron)!
 > >
 > >> This was the standard answer of a friend from a roleplaying
 > >> group which has fallen apart since; he was, BTW, in the process
 > >> of designing a world that was actually icosahedron-shaped (which
 > >> unfortunately never went anywhere)
 > >
 > >That would certainly make map-making a piece of cake!  :-) No
 > >worrying about "projections"!
 >     Ironically that's exactly what the Fuller Projection is about -
 > invented by Buckminister Fuller: "One World Island." (See the
 >'s or .edu website...)

Well, not exactly.  It's just another projection, and there's still
some distortion in mapping a sphere onto triangles (albeit relatively
little).  Whereas if the world were actually icosahedronal, a Dymaxion
map could (in theory) be _perfectly_ accurate.

AFAICT, the World Game Institute used to be at, but this is dead now. There's
information on the map here: and a
detailed treatment here:

(I don't see how it's particularly ironic, either.)


Roger Mills <romilly@...>