From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes:
The Art and Science of Origami
Part of The Baker Museum Lecture Series
Robert J. Lang
The last decade of this past century has been witness to a revolution in the development and application of mathematical techniques to origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of paper folding. The techniques used in mathematical origami design range from the obscure to the highly approachable. In this talk, Robert Lang describes how geometric concepts led to the solution of a broad class of origami folding problems — specifically, the problem of efficiently folding a shape with an arbitrary number and arrangement of flaps, and along the way, enabled origami designs of mind-blowing complexity and realism, some of which you’ll see, too. The algorithms and theorems of origami design have shed light on long-standing mathematical questions and have solved practical engineering problems. Lang will discuss examples of how origami has enabled safer airbags, space telescopes and more.
This 40-50 minute lecture details origami art and its connections to mathematics, science and technology.