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Origami and Math

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the finally-a-real-world-use-for-geometry-class dept.

Science 222

TheBoostedBrain writes "I found a nice site that explains a little bit about the math in Origami. Origami is one of my favorite hobbies, but I never thought about it being related to science."

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Nifty (1, Interesting)

fiftyfly (516990) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898750)

And everything old is new again. Fascinating art

this is the fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898752)

firest fucking pinche post

dammit (-1, Offtopic)

Toasty16 (586358) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898754)

now u have to wait 20 seconds before hittoing reply?! Now ill never be first post...

Re:dammit (-1, Offtopic)

TheBoostedBrain (622439) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898762)

Yes, u are.. and it's the first time i don't get rejected my posts

Everything can be related to math. (4, Insightful)

localghost (659616) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898757)

Sometimes you just have to be creative. Math is everywhere.

Re:Everything can be related to math. (2, Interesting)

TheBoostedBrain (622439) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898821)

In the end... you can reduce everything to 0's and 1's.... and logic operators...

Re:Everything can be related to math. (1, Funny)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898856)

Yes, but you can break the logic operators into even smaller 1's and 0's...

The plus sign is simply two 1's criss-crossing each other.

The multiplication sign is the same thing as the plus sign, but at a 45-degree angle.

The division sign is a sideways '1' with very small 0's above and below it...

Re:Everything can be related to math. (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898875)

The 0, in nature. [goatse.cx]

Re:Everything can be related to math. (1)

localghost (659616) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898888)

Those aren't logic operators, those are arithmetic operators. Logic operators are AND (&), OR (|), NOT (!), and XOR (^). There are a few other less common ones too, but they don't have any symbols I'm familiar with.

Re:Everything can be related to math. (2, Informative)

b0r1s (170449) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899001)

You don't have to include XOR. You can create it out of ((x OR y) AND (NOT (x AND y)))

Re:Everything can be related to math. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5899002)

I think he was joking anyways, killjoy...

Re:Everything can be related to math. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5899091)

Not funny enough to be modded up, obviously.

Re:Everything can be related to math. (0)

xamel (567605) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898898)

Don't logic operators just turn out to return a 0(false) or a 1(true?)

So therefor, everything is reduced to 0's and 1's...

Even the c0ffee you like (1)

bstadil (7110) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898948)

110000001111111111101110

Re:Everything can be related to math. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898843)

Everything that exists is physics. Math is the language of physics. When you realize that, you expect to see math everywhere.

(Posting anonymously because I'm too lazy to log in.)

Re:Everything can be related to math. (1)

NETHED (258016) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898978)

All math is logical except for the stuff invented by the french. (Its true, look it up!)

Re:Everything can be related to math. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898988)

Mathematics is a branch of reality, or reality is a branch of mathematics.

I'm not sure which... maybe both.

Re:Everything can be related to math. (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898859)

I completely agree. It's always been my opinion that the intricate detail of mathmatics proves the existence of G-d. It is wholly impossible for something so beautiful and ornate as quantum physics or origami to have come into existence just on accident!

Re:Everything can be related to math. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898966)

I completely agree. It's always been my opinion that the intricate detail of mathmatics proves the existence of G-d. It is wholly impossible for something so beautiful and ornate as quantum physics or origami to have come into existence just on accident!

And so obviously God himself, something so beautiful and ornate, must have come into existence from another God, and on and on...

Re:Everything can be related to math. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5899012)

Actually, close scrutiny of the bible reveals that g-d is actually quite ugly. Hence the 'unable to gaze upon the face of god and live' stories. So "beautiful" -it's safe to say- is not necessarily applicable. With regards to ornate, I think that giving birth to the universe was probably a failrly simple and organic act. The hints in genesis ('face upon the water', etc) lead me to believe that it may well have been as simple as good vomiting the universe, in a manner of speaking. This is a function which requires only the most basic of physical qualities.

So, we can only conclude that god is hideous, and mostly likely a single-celled organism. Therefore it is unlikely that other 'gods' were required to create him. The decrees against worshipping false idols pretty much cements that agrument.

Its tortoises all the way down... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5899062)

And so obviously God himself, something so beautiful and ornate, must have come into existence from another God, and on and on...

Is a universe who's existence is contingent on infinite recursion that much weirder than one that popped into existence from nothing? Is it stranger than having existed forever?

Re:Everything can be related to math. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898984)

Nobody who understands the least bit about quantum physics would call it "beautiful and ornate."

Re:Everything can be related to math. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898865)

Math is everywhere.

Well, not everywhere.

Math doesn't exist in our President's budget proposal, for example...

Of course it does; it's the "new math" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898885)

Re:Everything can be related to math. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898998)

Imaginary numbers are part of math.

Re: Pi (3, Interesting)

Kargan (250092) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898992)

"As it turns out, Pi can be found everywhere, from astronomy to probability to the physics of sound and light. To date it has been calculated to over 51 billion digits, so far with no discernible pattern emerging from its numbers. In fact, the first time that the sequence 123456789 appears, it is over 500 million digits into the ratio. Calculating the digits to millions of decimal places is now used to test computers for bugs in hardware and software (which is how Intel's Pentium found a chip bug a few years ago)." -- from the web site for the movie Pi. [pithemovie.com]

Re: Pi (1)

critter_hunter (568942) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899028)

Oh, yeah, the movie that fucks up Pi [imdb.com] after 9 decimals.

I liked the movie, but it ain't exactly a reliable source of mathematical information ;)

Re: Pi (3, Informative)

Dylan Zimmerman (607218) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899038)

Well, they are wrong. There IS a pattern to it. Just not in decimal. There is a formula that you can use to get any digit of the hexidecimal expansion of Pi without calculating the previous digits. This has been known for years.

Re: Pi (1)

jeremyp (130771) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899158)

What is it? do you have a web link?

I hate to do this... (-1, Flamebait)

r84x (650348) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898761)

I hate to bring this up, but I have a link here [myftp.org] that had this story a while back...

you never thought? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898765)

"but i never thought"

the operative phrase there

you're obviously not very brain-boosted, mr.
boosted brain :p

good luck on your post-doctorate in pre-algebra

LOLZ (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898789)

suck it you kosher spic :PppPpPppP

/.'d after 0 posts (4, Funny)

Madsci (616781) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898768)

Apparently the math goes like this: Origami Website + (/. crowd) = 0

Re:/.'d after 0 posts (2, Funny)

localghost (659616) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898786)

That would imply that either both the website and slashdot are zero, or that they are opposites. Perhaps this:

lim responsiveness = 0
hits->slashdot_users

Re:/.'d after 0 posts (1)

Madsci (616781) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898817)

My mistake.

Huh? (4, Funny)

MrP- (45616) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898772)

How does math relate to the Origami Boulder? [origamiboulder.com] :)

origami is for fags (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898773)

oh wait, michael posted this.

The two are *definitely* related (4, Funny)

Spazholio (314843) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898774)

I've always found that my stress level is directly proportional to the number of times I've tried to fold a goddam pterodactyl or swan or whatever the hell it's supposed to be. I think this guy [origamiboulder.com] has the right idea. =)

Re:The two are *definitely* related (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898807)

offtopic but, are you the same spazholio from #stephthegeek (at least during her fark webcam show a few days ago?)

Re:The two are *definitely* related (-1, Offtopic)

Spazholio (314843) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898816)

Offtopic question deserves an offtopic reply: yep. You think there's 2 of us floating around with this nick?

Re:The two are *definitely* related (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898823)

Ok =)

(p.s. its elite-mrp)

Re:The two are *definitely* related (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898829)

oh and p.p.s.

i post A/C to avoid being modded down for being offtopic, you should have too, sorry if you get modded down.. if you even care (i do, im a karma whore)

Re:The two are *definitely* related (-1, Offtopic)

Spazholio (314843) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898842)

By the time anyone who would care will read these, I can't imagine that I'll lose more than a couple points. And anyone who would mod me down for a couple of offtopic comments has a small penis. So! Mod me down at the risk of your manhood! BWA-HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Re:The two are *definitely* related (1)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898838)

Fuck, and I've been recycling all of my wadded up paper.

Hell, instead of wadding up those "Thank you for submitting your resume. You will be contacted if your skills match the job requirements." type of letters in anger and frustration, I could be selling them for $10!!!

And I'll offer more then just wadded oragami like that cheapo. I mean the real stuff: paper wads, shredded paper, paper that I ripped into a million pieces, dipped in whiskey, set on fire and spit on the dead, charred remains.

Real emotion here folks. I'm the friggin "Pollock" of the wadded paper!!!

-= Stefan

Re:The two are *definitely* related (1)

petecarlson (457202) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899161)

"I think this guy [origamiboulder.com] has the right idea"

From his site... Dear Origami Boulder, This is to notify you that the allowed MB of Data Transfer per month for www.origamiboulder.com has been exceeded. You must take action now to prevent your site from being redirected. Please purchase additional data transfer

So you link him on Slashdot?!!
The pain, when will it stop

Not what I read (2)

Beowulfto (169354) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898777)

Man am I sad. When I saw the headline I wasn't thinking about folding paper, and I couldn't figure out what it had to do with math.

Re:Not what I read (1)

prockcore (543967) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898891)

Man am I sad. When I saw the headline I wasn't thinking about folding paper, and I couldn't figure out what it had to do with math.

I dunno, maybe graph the projectile of a fluid?

This would make learning a little more fun... (3, Insightful)

dWhisper (318846) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898781)

I wish I would have seen something like this when I was going through school. Geometry was my weakest subject, which made visualizing things in Calc and absolute pain. That in turn hurt me in physics when trying to derive motion calculations.

And all of that together eventually turned me into a Information Systems/Business major, because it didn't require math.

Re:This would make learning a little more fun... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898841)

You had an interesting school, friend ;) I never got to take "Calc and absolute pain," nor did I ever get "hurt in physics.."

Re:This would make learning a little more fun... (1)

dWhisper (318846) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898999)

Well, this was part of the Computer Science curriculum. It was actually Calc 2 that hurt, and physics was just Calc 2 under a different name. The school recommended that both be taken concurrently. That was the kick.

Re:This would make learning a little more fun... (1)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898972)

And all of that together eventually turned me into a Information Systems/Business major, because it didn't require math.

Sorry for the jab, but...

As a Business Major, of course you don't need math! If things don't add up right (taxes, extra losses you don't want people to see, bonuses for the heck of it, etc.) you can always use the origami paper shredder, ala Enron. :)

Re:This would make learning a little more fun... (1)

dWhisper (318846) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899007)

It required doing math, it just didn't require taking any more math courses. I'd survived through Calc 1, they seemed to think that was enough.

At least I didn't say that I learned how to code all of my business applications in Visual Basic, and I just need to trust Microsoft to get my math right.

Actually, I did learn VB, JAVA, and ASP, but I never trusted any figures unless I could work the same thing out on my trusty TI-30 (or whatever model I had then) calculator and get the same answer.

But at no time during my education was I asked to find the integral of a business function. We keep Finance Majors around for that.

Orgasms and Math? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898785)

Orgasms and Math?

[/me reads article header again]

Wow! Too much studying. I'm studying for a big compiler exam and was reading this section talking about how to approach things mathematically to help prove a compiler implementation is correct.

When I first saw the title, I thought someone set out how to make an orgasm mathematically correct. I know women do complain about these things and I would be the first to congratulate the geek who could break this magical barrier by using something I can understand better than most things: Math.

Sigh... unfortunately orgasms are an NP-complete task. Something about reachability and satisfiabilty.

Re:Orgasms and Math? (1)

mpxcz (448928) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898955)

[thinks]now wouldn't that be nice... =)[/thinks]

Re:Orgasms and Math? (2, Funny)

napir (20855) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898970)

Orgasms are only NP-complete in a threesome (3-CNF-SAT). It has been shown that the task can be completed in polynomial time when the conjunction is only between 2 entities (2-CNF-SAT). [see Kama Sutra (translated title: Algorithms) as interpreted by CLRS, exercise 34.4-7]

Another Link (4, Informative)

feed_me_cereal (452042) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898788)

A math professor [ohio-state.edu] at the school I go to (OSU) also has a page about math and origami. I think she gave a talk over this subject not too long ago at our math club. Anyway, the page has some pictures, notes, and a bunch of relevant links at the bottom.

Re:Another Link (1)

kzadot (249737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899050)

Heh Math Club...
I was hoping the link had pictures of the people in this Math Club.
After the success of sites like rotten.com [rotten.com] and mulletsgalore.com [mulletsgalore.com] I was hoping to set up a people-in-math-club.com

Re:Another Link (3, Informative)

Wingie (554272) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899089)

Ahh, her origami models for her undergrad math thesis still floats gloriously in the Amherst College math building. Here's another link: http://web.merrimack.edu/hullt/OrigamiMath.html Tom's a graph theorist who's been studying this subject basically for as long as mathematics and origami were linked. There are some very interesting stuff there, like curricula to courses involving origami that he's taught.

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THIS IS VARY INTERESTING!!!!1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898937)

Have you ever seen FRIED GREEN TOMATOS? Well thats the type of oragami I practice! So come on up to chicago if you want your cock in my ass!!!!

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Scott Lockwood

FUCK YOU! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898792)

YOU ARE ALL NIGGERS!

Re:FUCK YOU! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898811)

Not all of us [slashdot.org] are, asshole!

This whole business turns out to be trivial (1, Interesting)

Andrew Carlssin (671480) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898798)

Once Wiles proves the Goldbach Conjecture (Journal of the American Mathematical Society, Spring 2019), the entire art of origami ends up reducible to polynomial-time modelling.

Interestingly, Wiles publishes the proof at the age of 68, while residing at the Shady Acres Convalescent Center in Far Rockaway, New Jersey. Perhaps the most important aspect of his discovery is that no, as a matter of fact, mathematicians are not all washed up by age 40. At the time I came back (no pun intended), there was talk of a third Fields Medal for him.

Origami pick-up lines (5, Funny)

sssmashy (612587) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898803)

Origami is one of my favorite hobbies, but I never thought about it being related to science.

I think we've just found a new entry for the "World's Least Effective Pick-Up Lines Competition" held anually in Reno, Nevada.

Of course, in the rare event that the line actually works, you've found every geek's dream: a soul-mate who will never, ever grow bored of you. ;-)

Re:Origami pick-up lines (1)

xYoni69x (652510) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898837)

By the way, an awesome pick-up line from the movie Hypercube [imdb.com] : "You're not my type."

Usage:
Girl: You're not my type.
Dude: You're not my type either.
(proceed to sex scene)

I find this less effective (in real life, at least...) than anything about Origami. (Although the movie it was taken from is, coincidentally, related to math.)

Of Course It's in NV (1, Funny)

neurostar (578917) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898951)

I think we've just found a new entry for the "World's Least Effective Pick-Up Lines Competition" held anually in Reno, Nevada.

Of course it's held in Nevada. If the line fails, you hit up the whore-house down the road.

Repeat to yourself: "Location, location, location."

Re:Origami pick-up lines (2, Funny)

angeles13 (443205) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899054)

it would work for me -- a guy that is that capable with his fingers, he would be worth dating! :)

Re:Origami pick-up lines (1)

Dylan Zimmerman (607218) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899127)

Well, some of us that do origami don't necessarily have great fingers. For instance, I have a surgeon's fingers (not literally, of course), but I tend to grow my fingernails inordinately long. This is actually helpful in certain ways. It makes creasing the paper much easier. They also let me easily flatten foil Reese's wrappers and make some really cool models out of real metal as opposed to metallic paper.

However, I would imagine that my fingernails would get in the way of almost anything you could be thinking of.

On a completely unrelated note, good origami paper is almost impossible to find here in Dallas. The KERA Store Of Knowledge over in Fort Worth used to sell it, but then they went out of business.

Computational Origami and protein folding (4, Informative)

megazoid81 (573094) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898847)

Don't dismiss origami immediately - it could have implications for things like protein folding. As it stands, computing and examining the number of ways a protein can fold is an NP-complete problem. Imagine the insights into molecular biology we might get with further research into the computational complexity of origami.

There's a 21 year old professor at MIT, Erik Demaine [mit.edu] who is interested in computational origami. Check out his page for some interesting papers and a story of some very untraditional education.

Re:Computational Origami and protein folding (0)

JewFish (315210) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899004)

he is 22 by my math

Chick magnet, dude... (3, Funny)

bazmonkey (555276) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899024)

Dude, don't dismiss origami at all. Chicks love a guy who can work with his hands.

Geeks worldwide, trust me on this one: Learn to massage, do origami, and sketch semi-decent drawings of girls, and you could pick up WHOEVER YOU WANT!!!

::Rests arm on blow-up doll::

Trust me.

Re:Chick magnet, dude... (1)

Dylan Zimmerman (607218) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899152)

Ha, ha, ha. Good one. I can do all three quite well and still everyone hates me.

Maybe I'm just anti-social.

Re:Computational Origami and protein folding (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5899025)

i'm 22 years old ;-)

Origami for geometrical constructions and a plug. (5, Interesting)

Flat Feet Pete (87786) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898853)

There's a page here [merrimack.edu] that descsribes Origami folds as an alternative to straight edge and compass contructions. You can trisect the angle using folds, interesting stuff

I should also plug hexaflexagon.sourceforge.net [sourceforge.net] a little app that puts six pictures onto a foldable template

Inorganic chemistry (3, Interesting)

mrklin (608689) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898854)

I remeber many homework assignments/problem sets in my inorganic chemistry class (Cornell '96) that ask ones to find and name all the symmetry in Escher drawings. (It's harder than you think.)

With crossed-eyes, I soon learned to both admire and curse Escher's briiliance.

Why doesn't? (-1, Flamebait)

poor_boi (548340) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898858)

Why doesn't slashdot have a big User-Agent meter on the front page, exposing how many of its degenerate readers use IE? Because!

I just saw XMen2 -- I wanna be a superhero!

Re:Why doesn't? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898876)

I'm using IE on the Mac. What's YOUR problem, boi?

Re:Why doesn't? (0)

poor_boi (548340) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898945)

We must return to the Tribe. It is our only hope of survival! Just because something is better (as IE is), doesn't mean you must use it. When you do, you lose your identity. Kill your TV, your SUV and your IE. (-;

"for my next trick...." (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898868)

Origami is one of my favorite hobbies

Impress the slashdot crowd by:

1. Making a Beowulf origami cluster
2. Making a goatse model
3. Profit!

Poincare Conjecture (4, Interesting)

xYoni69x (652510) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898879)

The Poincare Conjecture [wolfram.com] was proven [wolfram.com] last month. (Maybe.)
If the proof turns out to be correct, all your Origami is mathematically equivalent to a ball (3-sphere).
Conclusion: Nerds (who play with Origami) are now mathematically equivalent to professional sports players (who play games involving a ball). Amazing, isn't it?

(Don't try to explain this to a sports player.)

Wow (-1, Flamebait)

SlayerDave (555409) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898880)

Origami is one of my favorite hobbies, but I never thought about it being related to science.

This is a fine example of thinking inside the box. You need to get out more.

Never thought of science!?!?! (2, Funny)

heldlikesound (132717) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898893)

When i think of Origami, I think of paper cuts, flapping swans, and science.

I usally end up making complex Origami abstract scupltures, which is just another way of saying that I suck at it.

come on, michael... (-1, Troll)

intermodal (534361) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898909)

anyone who has taken even a basic geometry class knows how interrelated geometry and indeed paper folding in general are with geometry. however, this does not make it news for nerds, nor stuff that matters. wanker!

Re:come on, michael... (1)

billstr78 (535271) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898931)

I agree, this sum total of the interesting bits of this "Math in Oragami" page is a single proof regarding coloring that is not any more profound that what you would find in a u-grad course on graph theory.

There might be a lot of math in Oragami that impresses 4th graders, but this indeed is not "News for Teacher's Stuff to Assign for Homework".

its maths damn it (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5898923)

not 'math' you dumb Americans. We made the language, we expect you to use it the right way.

Re:its maths damn it (-1, Flamebait)

Atomic Fro (150394) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899132)

No, you created Old English. Then the French ruled your crummie island and we got your English. Then we Americans fixed it.

Modern origami artists familiar with math (4, Interesting)

IvyMike (178408) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898959)

As it turns out, a lot of the best modern origami artists (in my opinion) are somehow technical: John Montroll and Peter Engel are mathematicians, and Robert Lang is an engineer. Even Dr. David Huffman [sgi.com] (of Huffman compression fame) was into origami.

Lang has a pretty cool program called TreeMaker [origami.kvi.nl] which lets him specify a model's "base" characteristics (like a stick figure) and algorithmically produces a fold pattern! [siam.org] Lang also has some of the most fiendishly complex origami [origami.kvi.nl] I've ever attempted. (And yes, I have to say "attempted" on most of his insect models, not "completed".)

Re:Modern origami artists familiar with math (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5899112)

Not only technical!

I've played piano with Mr. Montroll--he's an excellent Chopin player. An interesting note about his origami: Mr. Montroll constructs his art completely from folds (never cuts) on rectangular (not oddly shaped) origami paper.

Roey Katz

Am Israel Chai!
Yom ha Atzmaut Sameach!!!

ok (2, Funny)

ramzak2k (596734) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898965)

who else read that as Orgasm and math ? i need some sleep..

I like curves better (0)

inviagrated_amnesiac (455650) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898968)

what would "it" be called if one used no creases and instead used only curvaceous bends to get around making things outa paper?

Is Origami just for paper? (2, Interesting)

marcushnk (90744) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898979)

Or could there be and real benafits from folding thin sheet metal using origami techniques, to create an attractive and unually strong structure??

An example would be say a fence with gates.

Imagine how attractive it would be and how resistant to things like strong winds it would be.. you could design it to flex and even bend but to never break, tear or snap..

Its just an "out of box" thought..

Mind you it would be terribly wastefull of materials..

Re:Is Origami just for paper? (1)

Wingie (554272) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899077)

From what I know, sheet metal folding does exist. Also, some origami techniques are applied to the folding of solar panels in satellites.

business card cubes (1)

golden spud (23221) | more than 11 years ago | (#5898982)

Boy am I glad I hadn't taken out the recycling and gotten rid of more than 1000 old business cards yet.

I have a new-found idle-time project thanks to finding out how to build business card cubes [std.com] via this story :)

Paper folding (1)

rf0 (159958) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899011)

This is all cool to know but it doesn't help me with my basic problem of not being able to fold paper in a straight line. Prehaps I'm using the wrong type of paper

Rus

This is funny (1, Funny)

CanadaDave (544515) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899027)

I like Origami. Cranes are cool, but what I really like are boulders [origamiboulder.com] and rocks [origamirock.com] .

Medical science uses this math all the time... (0)

Tokerat (150341) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899034)


...all this research about "folding protiens" and such...

Ok, that was awful, I'm going to bed now.

Origami, is that related to Polygamy? (-1, Offtopic)

Torulf (214883) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899070)

Origamy, is that like, when you only have a few wives, instead of really a lot like in polygamy? I can see how this relates to math very clearly.


"Abdullah has five camels. How many wives can he afford?"

"If Abu Chacr has five rooms on each floor of a two floor building, how many wives can he fit in before they start to figft? Every wife needs her own room and does not want another wife in an adjacent room."

origami mathematics (4, Interesting)

n3k5 (606163) | more than 11 years ago | (#5899130)

while it's impossible to solve cube duplication or trisection of an arbitrary angle using just a straightedge (not a marked ruler) and a compass, it can be accomplished utilizing origami. there are a number of recent very powerful results in origami mathematics. i wonder if you could take a sheet of paper and fold together the quadrature of the circle.

Gay Alert ! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5899181)

Is this guy a fag or what? Origami?

I bet he gets jizz all over his paper dolls. What a fag.

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