USU’s Science Unwrapped asks ‘Are Math and Art Related?’

LOGAN – World-renowned physicist, engineer and origami artist Robert Lang demonstrates the close relationship between mathematics and the ancient art of paper folding at the Science Unwrapped presentation “Math’s Paper Trail: The Origins of Mathematics and Origami” Friday, April 2.Lang’s talk, hosted by Utah State University’s College of Science, begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus. Admission is free and open to all ages.Lang, who holds advanced degrees from Caltech and Stanford and resides in the San Francisco Bay area, became interested in origami at the age of six. While building a successful math and science career – Lang’s been awarded 50 patents and has patents pending on semi-conductor lasers, optics and integrated opto-electronics – he continued to pursue his love of origami design.Considered a pioneer in the cross-disciplinary fusion of origami and mathematics, Lang has a repertoire of more than 500 designs, some of which have been exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Paris’ Carrousel du Louvre and Japan’s Nippon Museum of Origami.During his USU talk, Lang will discuss origami geometric concepts that helped solve complex engineering problems including delivery of giant space telescopes to their cosmic destinations, creation of safer airbags in compact spaces and development of life-saving medical devices such as cardiac stents.Following Lang’s presentation, attendees are invited to try simple origami designs and other hands-on activities, view math-inspired artwork by local middle school students and, at computer workstations, experience the fun of geometry exercises offered through the USU-developed, online National Library of Virtual Manipulatives. Free refreshments will be served.For more information, call 435-797-3517, visit www.usu.edu/science/unwrapped or view Science Unwrapped at USU on Facebook.

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