# PIMS Public Lecture - Robert J Lang "The Modern Science of Origami"

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**From flapping birds to space telescopes: The modern science of Origami. **

The last decade of this past century has been witness to a revolution in the development and application of mathematical techniques to origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of paper-folding. The techniques used in mathematical origami design range from the abstruse to the highly approachable. In this talk, I will describe how geometric concepts led to the solution of a broad class of origami folding problems â€“ specifically, the problem of efficiently folding a shape with an arbitrary number and arrangement of flaps, and along the way, enabled origami designs of mind-blowing complexity and realism, some of which youâ€™ll see, too. As often happens in mathematics, theory originally developed for its own sake has led to some surprising practical applications. The algorithms and theorems of origami design have shed light on long-standing mathematical questions and have solved practical engineering problems. I will discuss examples of how origami has enabled safer airbags, robdingnagian space telescopes, and more.

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**ROBERT J. LANG** is recognized as one of the foremost origami artists in the world as well as a
pioneer in computational origami and the development of formal design algorithms for folding. With a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech, he has, during the course of work at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Spectra Diode Laboratories, and JDS Uniphase, authored or co-authored over 80 papers and 45 patents in lasers and optoelectronics as well as authoring, co-authoring, or editing 12 books and a CD-ROM on origami. He is a full-time artist and consultant on origami and its applications to engineering problems but keeps his toes in the world of lasers, most recently as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics from 2007â€“2010. He received Caltechâ€™s highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, in 2009.

Check out Robert Lang's website http://www.langorigami.com/

Robert. J Lang

**Scientific, Distinguished Lecture**

**April 19, 2012**

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