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An example of Robert Lang's work.

World-renowned origami artist to speak Feb. 9 at University of Minnesota

Contacts: Ryan Mathre, University News Service,, (612) 625-0552
Alice Tibbetts, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications,, (612) 625-3889
Rhonda Zurn, Institute of Technology,, (612) 626-7959

February 2, 2010

The principles of origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of paper-folding, can be used to solve a wide range of folding problems, from how to compress an airbag into a steering wheel to how to design complex folding telescopes. These math-based origami concepts are used in product development, architecture and designs seen all around us.  

Robert J. Lang, considered one of the world's foremost origami artists, will speak at the University of Minnesota at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Willey Hall, Room 175, 225 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. His lecture, entitled “From Flapping birds to space telescopes: The math of origami” is the third lecture in this year's four-speaker lecture series sponsored by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

Lang is an artist and consultant who applies origami principles to engineering problems.
He is considered one of the world's leading masters of the art, with more than 500 designs, including some of the most complex origami designs ever created. With a doctorate. in applied physics from Caltech, Lang has authored or co-authored more than 80 papers and 45 patents in lasers and opto electronics, as well as nine books and a CD-ROM on origami.  He also works as the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics.

Stunning photos of Lang’s work are on his Web site at

For details about this and other IMA public lectures, visit

The IMA is a center within the University’s Institute of Technology (College of Science and Engineering) that brings together the best minds in math and the sciences to solve pressing problems facing our society, our industries, and our planet. It receives major funding from the National Science Foundation and the University of Minnesota. 

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