Last Monday was real treat to listen MIT Professor Erik Demaine talking how his math and art interests have intertwined. Demaine joined the MIT faculty in 2001 at age 20, reportedly the youngest professor in the history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Erik's work had sparked great interest around the world - just look at the list of his collaborators....
Some skeptics may ask what is the practical use of this fun with origami. Erik has an answer - his latest work has practical applications - it is about so called "thick folding" - usually paper thickness is counted as almost negligible but in reality and with other materials thickness is significant factor.
I remember this work from the exhibit "Measure for Measure" (2011) in Central Booking when it was still in DUMBO (I had my crocheted manifold pieces in the same show.)
Videos of his lectures are available from his webpage.
Allen Knutson, one time world record holder in passing 12 balls, in audience - and he always has juggling balls with him, he often uses when lecturing mathematics. So Erik has an opportunity to demonstrate how to juggle each letter of the alphabet.
Fold and Cut Problem.
Curved Origami Sculptures.
In origami sky is the limit. These days father-son team with the help of others are interested in folding the glass.
What else can be folded? More and more books are being digitized which makes printed books ...well, often to be discarded. Artists are taking over and trying to recycle them in creative ways. Of course, origami masters Demaines have their own challenge - for example, to fold a dictionary that you read one language in one diraection but the translation is on the other side of the crease.
Thank you for the great talk, Erik!