R. Buckminster Fuller, the designer and inventor, was the best thing to happen to high-school chemistry. The shape of his geodesic dome (think Epcot Center’s Spaceship Earth) was the inspiration in the naming of certain spherical carbon molecules as Buckminsterfullerenes, also known, to the delight of horny 16-year-olds, as “Bucky balls.” Fuller’s dome and other zany creations are the subject of the Center for Architecture’s Dymaxion Study Center. Check out the prototype of Fuller’s plans for a portable house, the Fly’s Eye Dome, at LaGuardia Park across the street.

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