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Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art

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Robert J. Lang, one of the worlds foremost origami artists and scientists, presents the never-before-described mathematical and geometric principles that allow anyone to design original origami, something once restricted to an elite few. From the theoretical underpinnings to detailed step-by-step folding sequences, this book takes a modern look at the centuries-old art of ...more
Paperback, 594 pages
Published September 24th 2003 by AK Peters
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Joaquin
Jan 26, 2015 Joaquin rated it it was amazing
I feel that this book has left me with a deep understanding of all of these silly, seemingly random folds I've been doing for decades. I get it now, I might not be able to design my own arthropod, or to do the math in the book, but I understand the principles and that leaves me inspired and with a lot of room to become a better origami folder.

This book is extremely dense. By the last two chapters, I simply had to skip reading some of the extremely complex and math-based solutions to complex fold
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Ury949
Apr 28, 2013 Ury949 marked it as to-read
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This is like a text book of origami theory - it could easily be turned into a college level math course. Chapters on model bases, folding techniques, creating additional points to work with (like how it's possible to make a spider with eight legs out of a paper with only four corners), creating textures (plates), asymmetrical designs, different design theories; each chapter has folding instructions for models that demonstrate examples of the concept just covered. Most of these models are advance ...more
Gabriel
Apr 24, 2011 Gabriel rated it it was amazing
Be forewarned, this is NOT your average “20 origami designs for beginners!” book. The few patterns illustrated are there as examples for the text, which is substantial — and quite intelligent. The author (possibly the only living professional full-time origamist in the world — seriously, he makes a living just folding paper) does an admirable job of analyzing advanced theories of origami. As one example, the cover model - a fish *covered in individual scales* (from one piece of square paper!) – ...more
Jacob Kanev
Apr 13, 2016 Jacob Kanev rated it it was amazing
Tells you not only how to fold origmi models, but how to design them. Wonderful. Nothing more to be said.
Jordan Goff
Nov 02, 2013 Jordan Goff rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look at how one of the world's leading origami artists design their models. It contained topics such as point splitting, circle packing, and box pleating, along with some very nice models to demonstrate the ideas in the book. It also includes the crease patterns for numerous other models, if you are skilled enough to fold a base from a crease pattern. The only problem was that Lang just about assumed that the reader had a degree in computation and number theory, which I most certai ...more
Ben
Aug 13, 2010 Ben rated it it was amazing
Shelves: origami
Excellent how-to's and theory on the more technical aspects of origami design. There's really nothing to add.

Some of the designs are less than fascinating, but this is not a diagram book. The designs are to show techniques.

Some of the designs ARE incredible though.
Carmen something
Jun 30, 2007 Carmen something rated it it was amazing
Alright. The man easily surpasses the book and its content--just check out his website and work in the medical supply and air bag engineering fields.

And then read The People of Paper.
Dogtreat
Feb 22, 2013 Dogtreat rated it it was amazing
Thank you Robert J. Lang for writing the book that didn't exist. Not only is this a very interesting and entertaining guide to origami design, it has many great models to fold along the way.
Kari
Oct 16, 2010 Kari rated it really liked it
Interesting material. I am glad I figured out on my own to use papers other than origami paper and to use very large sheets for some projects, as this topic is not covered at all.
Jennifer
Jul 07, 2007 Jennifer rated it really liked it
is it fair to say you liked a book if you haven't finished it? recalled by the library, but what i read was interactive/mind expanding/fun.
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