The Stephen M Levin Biotensegrity Archive

Special Announcements:

Leonid Blyum's Everything I Know Series

Leonid interviews Steve for a slow walk through the story of the inception and history of biotensegrity

Series k
ickoff: BiotensegriTea Party (part 1)
(part 2)

BIG Hispano
The First Spanish-language BIG / biotensegrity interest group!
El BIG Hispano es el grupo hispanohablante de interés en la biotensegridad. Es una organización sin ánimo de lucro, compuesta por personas de diferentes disciplinas, quienes comparten su interés en el estudio, análisis, investigación y/o aplicación del principio de biotensegridad en su disciplina y vida cotidiana.

The 1st BIG Hispano meeting
is viewable on the
Archive YouTube channel

a self study survey course in Beginning Biotensegrity

The BX101 Beginning Biotensegrity Self Study Survey Course is a free resource for those interested in learning more about biotensegrity. It is free to download and share with others.

Our all-volunteer
BiotensegriTea Party
events are on our
Youtube channel
…catch up on episodes you've missed, or re-watch your favorites!

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

Among other its other purposes, the Archive provides biotensegrity-related educational content which is freely accessible to the emerging community of researchers, clinicians, inventors, academics, systems scientists and other professionals who study biotensegrity. 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.

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

Stephen M. Levin, MD introduced and established the term “biotensegrity,” established the site and .

During much of his career in both orthopedic surgery and manual medicine, Dr. Levin developed, refined, and taught the understanding and applications of biotensegrity. As a result, he has created a variety of presentations and research papers. Steve Levin has also collected and built scores of teaching models, 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. Today, he continues to do so!

Biotensegrity posits that Kenneth Snelson’s and Buckminster Fuller’s architectural concept of "floating compression" (Snelson) or "tensegrity" (Fuller) applies to living systems from sub-cellular to whole-organism scale levels, and explains how biological structures develop by responding advantageously to physical forces.

In biotensegrity, tensegrity structures regarded as force vector diagrams function as algorithms for the study of all biologic organisms, including their systems and subsystems, "from viruses to vertebrates" (Levin, 1980). As the study of tensegrity in biology is fairly new, biotensegrity is a continuously emerging area of scientific inquiry.

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