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Dr. Stephen Levin
'Father' of 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!