Modern Origami Theory
Thomas Hull, Western New England University

Origami,the art of paper folding, is by nature a combination of mathematics and physics. Whenever we fold a piece of paper into an object the paper must follow certain mathematical rules and physical constraints. These rules are surprisingly complicated! In fact,no one has been able to make a computer simulation of everything that paper folding can do. In this presentation we will discuss the mathematical theories behind origami that explain why it is so complicated. We will also describe some surprising connections between aspects of this theory and problems in statistical mechanics,like molecular-level polymer crumpling and Ising models.

Background Review Article:
In the Fold: Origami Meets Mathematics. Barry A. Cipro. SIAM News, Volume 34, Number 8.

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