Mathematics and Origami: The Art and Science of Folds

  • Natalija BudinskiEmail author
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Origami is usually connected with fun and games, and the most common association with origami is a paper-folded crane, which has a special place in Japanese culture. The popularity of modern origami has grown in many aspects, including mathematical, scientific, artistic, or even as an enjoyable craft. This chapter describes the developmental path of origami from simple paper folding through to that of a serious scientific discipline. It might be said that it all started with the discovery of mathematical rules behind the folds, which led to the axiomatization of origami and the establishment of it as a mathematical discipline. Many unsolved problems, such as doubling the cube, became solvable thanks to origami. Interestingly, while developing as a scientific discipline, origami has also been establishing itself as a form of modern art and is a great inspiration to many contemporary artists in different creative disciplines, such as sculpture, fashion, or design. Examples of these contemporary art forms are shown in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Petro Kuzmjak SchoolRuski KrsturSerbia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Bharath Sriraman
    • 1
  • Kyeong-Hwa Lee
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesThe University of MontanaMissoulaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics Education, College of EducationSeoul National UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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