Strange things that do exist: Computational Origami at MIT

February 11, 2011 § 7 Comments

MIT prof. Erik Demaine (a homeschooled prodigy who enrolled in University at 12 and became the youngest faculty member at MIT at 20 years old) teaches such courses as Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra (video lectures available online).

Demaine is a mathematician, but also an origami artist himself with exhibits in MoMA’s permanent collection:

Computational Origami Sculpture Splash

Computational Origami Scultpure

[And if you are wondering why MIT holds courses in origami, this is the reason: origami folding techniques are used in industrial products like airbags, and, especially, in space technology with objects such as foldable telescopes and satellite wings]

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