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        The Origami Revolution | Math and Science Modernize an Ancient Tradition

        Discover parallels between the natural world and origami—the Japanese art of paper folding—and witness how artists, mathematicians, and scientists are pioneering complex new designs, in this video from NOVA: The Origami Revolution. While origami is steeped in tradition, computer programs are being used today to develop new, more complex designs so that almost any three-dimensional object can be translated into a two-dimensional pattern that can be folded to model the object. This resource is part of the NOVA Collection.

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        Folding Patterns Found in Nature

        Learn how plants, animals, and insects all use origami-like folding as a way to store large surface areas, such as leaves and wings, in compact spaces.

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        Pioneering New and More Complex Designs

        Artists and scientists are using origami and computers to create crease patterns that can transform paper into three-dimensional shapes, such as a realistic spider.

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        Using Math to Make Anything by Folding

        An MIT mathematician and Japanese scientist team up to publish an algorithm that shows the precise mathematical steps needed to fold a flat material into any (non-curved) three-dimensional model.

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