Thursday, August 12, 2010

TED talk on origami

James Lang, physicist and origami master, speaks at TED. He talks about a fascinating intersection of art and math: origami.

This is a great, visual talk that links ideas you would never expect to come together: water bombs, ibex, and spiders turn into satellites, heart valves, and airbags, using the math of trees and circle packing. A really great example of the unexpected practical value of mathematics.

Hat tip to my brother Matthew for putting me onto Lang's work.

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