## Part 2: Jitterbugging through SpaceTime

“I live on Earth at present, and I do not know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing – a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe. ”

R. Buckminster Fuller, quoted by Andreas Bjerve in Geometry of the Ancients

Bucky Fuller, the eccentric engineer, geometrician and universal design theorist, was born a century after Ralph Waldo Emerson, who we encountered before. Like Emerson, he felt personally connected to the universe and spent his career figuring out how that was possible. His theory of omniversal design, expounded in his two-volume tome Synergetics, describes how energy, space, and matter all relate to form energetic geometric structures that elaborate endlessly on the basic unit of space, the tetrahedron. I don't recommend you curl up with this book unless you are supremely curious. It isn't an easy read.

Fuller's key concept, say many, is his description of a geometric shape he said lay at the heart of many natural structures, a shape he called vector equilibrium. You can build a model of it out of toothpicks; it's pretty simple. One version of it oscillates, jitterbugging between an octahedron and a cuboctahedron, its energy vectors are always in balance (hence its name). Its faces rotate around four axes that meet at its empty center. Some nuclear physicists claim that it models the configuration of atomic forces and believe that this geometry may be at the heart of every particle in the universe, and that in fact what we call matter is only geometric configurations of energy.