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A Fold Apart: Origamist Robert Lang’s Incredible Paper Creations

Twenty five years ago, physicist Robert Lang worked at NASA, where he researched lasers. He has also garnered 46 patents on optoelectronics and even wrote a Ph.D. thesis called “Semiconductor Lasers: New Geometries and Spectral Properties.” But in 2001, Lang left his job in order to pursue a passion he’s had since childhood: origami. In the origami world, Lang is now a legend, and it’s not just his eye-catching, intricate designs that have taken the craft by storm. Some of his work has helped pioneer new ways of applying origami principles to complex real-world engineering problems.

…just two examples: air-bag design and expandable space telescopes. Lang is a leader in integrating mathematics, science, and technology into the ancient art, as seen in this Great Big Story vid – A Fold Apart: Origamist Robert Lang’s Incredible Paper Creations.

Related watching at TED.com: The math and magic of origami.

Related DIY at SciFri: Tessellation and Miura Folds.

Next: More origami videos, including a clip from Between the Folds, a film about Origami, Self-Folding Crawler: A Transformer-style Origami Robot, and Chris K. Palmer’s origami tessellations – Flower Tower.

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