Fold Here First

Origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding is being re-born as a powerful tool for researchers, engineers, scientists and mathematicians as they tackle problems as diverse as protein folding, lifting unwieldy instruments into the Earth's orbit, and working out the best way to fold an airbag into a car's steering column.

Mathematician Professor Ian Stewart gets to grips with some paper and fundamental theorems, and discovers how chemistry, physics and architecture unfold in the creases before him.

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Origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding is being re-born as a powerful tool for researchers, engineers, scientists and mathematicians as they tackle problems as diverse as protein folding, lifting unwieldy instruments into the Earth's orbit, and working out the best way to fold an airbag into a car's steering column.

Mathematician Professor Ian Stewart gets to grips with some paper and fundamental theorems, and discovers how chemistry, physics and architecture unfold in the creases before him.