Type: Seminar

Distribution: World

Expiry: 28 Oct 2011

CalTitle1: SUMS: Poladian -- Origami is mightier than the sword

Auth: duncans@202.171.168.114 (dsut7890) in SMS-WASM

To the ancient greeks, the straight line and the circle were the epitome of perfection. Many useful tasks were possible using only a straight-edge and compass such as bisecting intervals and angles. However certain problems, like trisecting the angle or doubling the cube were impossible. I’ll show how the japanese art of paper-folding, when interpreted as a system of geometric constructions, is vastly superior to the straight-edge and compass and can solve both of these problems.