The isotropic vector matrix (IVM) gives us a description of the symmetry of space. We can think of this matrix as a framework of possible

directions and configurations of ordered space, or more simply, as a frame of reference. It is a network of vectors specifically situated to

model nature's eternal tendency toward equilibrium. Lines are forces, length is magnitude, and all is in balance. The IVM weaves together

a number of synergetics ideas: minimum system of Universe, vector equilibrium (both exhibiting four planes of symmetry), twelve de-

grees of freedom, complementarity of octahedra and tetrahedra, space-filling, and stability (exclusively a product of triangulation). In

so doing, it sets the stage for an energetic mathematics, and systematizes further investigation.

**The IVM also provides an alternative to the XYZ system's absolute origin. Every vertex in the IVM can be considered a temporary local origin**, which, as reinforced by Fuller's use of the concept of "systems," is consistent with the requirements of describing Scenario Universe.

**["All points in Universe are inherently centers of a local and unique isotropic-vector-matrix domain ... " (537.11).]** There can be no "absolute origin" in a scenario.

Finally, by describing such a wide variety of ordered polyhedra-and thereby clarifying the relationships between different shapes-the IVM supports Fuller's concept of "intertransformability." Countless potential shapes and transformations can be systematically represented within this omnisymmetrical matrix; it is a framework of possibility.

[...]

There is a strong temptation to ignore synergetics on the grounds that we feel perfectly able to handle mathematical concepts that

cannot be seen. Academic" sophistication" leaves us with a certain intellectual pride that makes Fuller's observations with their child-

like (but-the-emperor-isn't-wearing-any-clothes) ring to them seem unimportant. Every child is boggled by infinity and surfaces of no

thickness, but these are necessary concepts, natural extensions of philosophical "what-ifs." The human mind is not bounded by the

constraints of demonstrability.

True enough. However,

**it is also possible to define a system of thought and exploration that is confined to the" facts of experience,"**
and moreover such a system is able to reveal additional insights about physical and metaphysical phenomena that would not neces-

sarily be discovered following the traditional route.

**Such is the case with Fuller's synergetics;** as we shall see, his hands-on approach led

to a number of impressive geometrical discoveries.

[...]

Bucky explained that

**the process of collecting "experimental evidence" starts with children.**