Tensegrity Structures Research Evolution

  title={Tensegrity Structures Research Evolution},
  author={Cornel Sultan},
  journal={Proceedings of the 45th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control},
  • C. Sultan
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Education
  • Proceedings of the 45th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
The paper traces down the roots of the first man-made objects which resemble what are nowadays known as tensegrity structures and then shows how the tensegrity concept evolved, finding increasingly large audiences in engineering, mathematics, and biology 

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