expodome

Photograph by C Proulx in Graphis 149 Expo67 edition

This was the image in my mind in 1985 when we concluded that C60 might be a closed cage hexagonal network. I advised that we should get a book on Buckminster Fuller domes from the library which Rick Smalley did and he had the book during his model building phase. ¬†Look carefully at the structure…in the top half one can see that the hexagons are in a curved “geodesic” alignment whereas in the bottom half the alignment is clearly horizontal. I assume this was done to simplify ground level construction issues. Also around the pentagons the hexagons are distorted to achieve a spheroidal shape. The correct reason I named C60 Buckminsterfullerene because this image and my visit were clues to the possible structure.

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