Origami and mathematics seem like an odd pairing, but in the world Robert J. Lang inhabits, the two pursuits align not just to create stunning works of art, but also technological advances that can deliver telescopes into space and life-saving drugs to targeted points inside the human body.
Lang, a world-renowned origami artist and laser physicist, spoke to a packed Solomon Center audience at Brown University Thursday, Nov. 12. The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Edna Lawrence Nature Lab co-hosted his lecture, From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Mathematics of Origami.
The talk embodied the perfect juncture where art and design meet the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, reinforcing the RISD-championed concept of STEAM — STEM plus Art — and leaving audience members awed by the possibilities.
“Look up in the sky. You may or may not see origami. But, in the future, you will see origami looking back down at you.”
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Robert Lang’s website: http://www.langorigami.com