The mathematical aspects of origami

Yochay Tzur
Sunday, 16.12.2007, 13:00
Room 337-8 Taub Bld.

Origami (or paper folding) is an ancient art, focused on the creation of figures by applying a series of folds on a paper, without cutting the paper or gluing it. Though Origami is known for more than a thousand years, the past 60 years have seen a renaissance in this art and an acceleration of its evolution, which might be realized both in the amount of published designs and in the increasing complexity of the models. The main reason for this evolution is the increasing interest of mathematicians (and other scientists) in Origami, and their re-definition of the paper folding problem from mathematical point of view. In this informal talk, some mathematical aspects of Origami will be presented, both theoretical (e.g., mathematical definition of the limits of paper folding) and practical (development of new techniques for producing a required shape from a paper and computer-generated Origami). Some other Origami-related research topics will also be presented.

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