The Stephen M Levin Biotensegrity Archive

The Stephen M. Levin Biotensegrity Archive is dedicated to presenting, advancing and extending Dr. Levin's observation that tensegrity architecture provides a useful model for biologic structure: biotensegrity.

Stephen M. Levin, MD introduced and established the term “biotensegrity” as a science. Biotensegrity posits that Kenneth Snelson’s and Buckminster Fuller’s architectural concept of "floating compression" or "tensegrity" applies to living systems from sub-cellular to whole-organism levels, "from viruses to vertebrates…their systems and subsystems" (Levin 1980), and explains how biological structures develop by responding advantageously to physical forces.

During his long career in both orthopedic surgery and manual medicine, Dr. Levin has developed, refined, and taught the understanding and applications of biotensegrity. As a result, he has created and collected a variety teaching models, written research papers, collected and taken photographs and x-rays, generated slide show presentations, and amassed a collection of books and other materials germane to the study, and to the history, of biotensegrity. And he continues to do so!

Among other its other purposes, the Archive hopes to make these materials, and all biotensegrity-related materials, accessible to the emerging community of researchers, clinicians, inventors, academics, systems scientists and other professionals who study biotensegrity, and to eventually provide an institutional home so that these materials can be preserved and presented to optimal benefit of the public so that the work of understanding the implications of biotensegrity can continue to expand. The Archive is additionally committed to preserving the integrity and authenticity of Levin's original concept while capturing and building on the knowledge Dr. Levin has accumulated.

Biotensegrity is a branch of science, just as chemistry, biology and calculus are, thus biotensegrity is not a proper noun. The Archive honors Dr. Levin's wish that it always be spelled and written: biotensegrity.


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