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The Unfolding Evolution Of Origami

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Robert J. Lang's Yellow Jacket.

How do you make a 100-meter telescope that folds down to three meters so you can tuck it inside a space vehicle? How do you make a heart stent that folds out inside the human body? In each case, researchers have turned to masters of origami, the thousand-year-old art of paper folding.

On this show, we'll hear how paper folding went from a quaint, simple hobby, to an extensive work of art that achieves hundreds of intricate folds. We'll also hear how origami is used beyond the art world, in mathematics, science, and technology.

Watch the PBS documentary, "Between The Folds."

See Robert J. Lang's TED Talk, "The Math & Magic of Origami".

Email Colin@wnpr.org, or tweet us: @wnprcolin.

GUESTS:

  • Robert J. Lang is one of the world’s leading masters of the art and mathematics of origami
  • Erik Demaine is a professor of Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he received a MacArthur Fellowship as a “computational geometer tackling and solving difficult problems related to folding and bending"

This episode originally aired on March 13, 2014

Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer.
Chion Wolf is the host of the radio show and podcast 'Audacious' on Connecticut Public.
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