2007-02-22

Origami as art, math and magic

Never thought a longish article on a full-time origami (paper folding) artist could be this interesting.

The Origami Lab: Why a physicist dropped everything for paper folding (Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, issue of 19/2/07)

You'll read about:

● The Bug Wars - origami contests in which Japanese origami artists try to outdo one another by folding the most spectacular insects

● How an American physicist Robert J. Lang fell in love with origami and eventually became a full-time origami artist

● How math can be used to aid origami designs

● What has origami got to do with kindergarten

● Why was origami seen as a form of magic (Houdini even wrote a book on paper folding)

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