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Origami: The Pinnacle of Art and Science

How a NASA Physicist approaches origami

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Dr. Robert Lang
Film
Nathalie Attallah & Carly Williams
Pairing
Genmai Cha

Origami: The Pinnacle of Art and Science

How does NASA Physicist Dr. Robert Lang design origami?

As a physicist, Dr. Robert Lang brings his knowledge of mathematics to the ancient art of paper folding. In this outtake from our documentary The Garden of Secrets, Lang dives into the initial steps he takes when approaching any origami design. While his calculated systems allow him to create the intricate shapes he needs, he affirms that artistry is integral to the realism of his creations.

“What shapes are important in conveying the essence of this subject? Each origami artist makes different choices.”

-Dr. Robert Lang

 

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