In the Fold: Origami Meets Mathematics

for participants in the Third International Meeting of Origami, Science, Math, and Education, held March 9–11 in Pacific Grove, …

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Say \”origami\” and most people picture birds, fish, or frogs made of sharply creased paper, an amusing exercise for children. But for participants in the Third International Meeting of Origami, Science, Math, and Education, held March 9-11 in Pacific Grove, California, the ancient Japanese word conjures up images of fantastically complex organic and geometric shapes, of axioms and
algorithms, and of applications ranging from safer airbags in cars to the deployment in outer space of telescopes 100 meters or more in diameter.
\”There\’s a particular appeal of origami to mathematicians,\” says Tom Hull, a mathematician at Merrimack College in Andover, Massachusetts, and the organizer of the conference. Paperfolding offers innumerable challenges, both theoretical and practical– and does so in a way that appeals to mathematicians\’ aesthetic sensibilities. \”I tend to view origami as being latent mathematics,\” Hull says.

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