May 25, 2006
Buckminster Fuller explains Einstein's theory of relativity in a telegram to Isamu Noguchi
In 1936 Noguchi, inspired like Fuller by Einstein's theory of relativity, worked on his first major public sculpture in Mexico.
It was a seventy-two-foot-long wall, part of which would be a figure of an Indian boy observing Einstein's equation for energy.
Noguchi forgot the exact equation and wired to Fuller for help.
Fuller sent back a telegram (above) explaining E=mc².
Yeah, I figured you'd want to me do that — here's the plain text.
- Einstein's formula determination individual specifics relativity reads quote energy
equals mass times the speed of light squared unquote speed of light identical speed
all radiation cosmic gamma x ultra violet infra red rays etcetera one hundred
eighty six thousand miles per second which squared is top or perfect speed giving
science a finite value for basic factor in motion universe stop speed of radiant
energy being directional outward all directions expanding wave surface diametric polar speed away from self is twice speed in one direction and speed of volume increase
is square of speed in one direction approximately thirty five billion volumetric
miles per second stop formula is written quote letter e followed closely by equation mark
followed by letter m followed by letter c followed closely by elevated small figure
two symbol of squaring unquote only variable in formula is specific mass speed is
a unit of rate which is an integrated ratio of both time and space and no greater
rate of speed than that provided by its cause which is pure energy latent or radiant
is attainable stop the formula therefore provides a unit and a rate of perfection
to which the relative imperfection of inefficiency of energy release in radiant or
confined direction of all temporal space phenomena may be compared by actual calculation stop significance stop specific quality of animates is control willful or
otherwise of rate and direction energy release and application not only of self
mechanism but of from self machine divided mechanisms and relativity of all animates
and inanimates is potential of establishment through einstein formula
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Sorry, who was this "Bucky". Is he the Gustav Bucky or Buckminster Fuller. Can anyone clarify.
Posted by: Bernard | Dec 21, 2009 9:44:34 PM
Since I wrote the note above, I have learned that the exhibit in Mambo in Bologna is a watercolour by Elisabetta Benassi, more or less sreproduci8ng the telegram.
Does anyone know whether Noguchi ever made the sculpture, and if so where it can be seen - even on the web? It doesn't appear under his name here.
Posted by: Elizabeth Healy | Oct 23, 2009 3:39:15 PM
I have just seen what purports to be the original telegram in, of all places, the Modern Art Museum in Bologna, Italy, as part of their permanent collection. Language difficulties meant I could not get an explanation. Does anyone have one?
Posted by: Elizabeth Healy | Oct 19, 2009 1:07:22 PM
It's interesting how a complex, wonderful telegram like this, sort of reads like CRYPTIC SP*M we receive today.
Poetic in a very similar sense. :)
Posted by: Gabe | May 25, 2006 4:30:44 PM
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