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22 Jul

Beautiful and Practical

I found a remarkable talk given by Robert Lang pointed to at the Math Frolic! blog. Dr. Robert J. Lang is an American physicist who is also one of the foremost origami artists and theorists in the world. Among other achievementsm he is known for having proved the completeness of Huzita–Hatori axioms and developing paper folding algorithms. This is what his 16-minute 2008 TED Talk is about:

As often happens in math and art, Robert remarked, the pursuit of beautiful leads to practically useful discoveries. As an example, he helped design a folded of a solar battery that was to provide power to a deep space explaration craft. He concludes his talk by expressing a belief that sooner or later origami will be instrumental in saving human lives.

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