See a NASA Physicist’s Incredible Origami

– One of the most important
attributes of origami is, once we have studied and
understood the way paper folds and unfolds, we can apply
those patterns to things that are very different from paper. I hope by bringing the
tools of mathematics into my origami design that
I can then fold something that’s beautiful and that’s unexpected. My name is Robert Lang,
and I’m a physicist and an origami artist. Origami is the Japanese name
for the art of folding paper, and most origami is folded
from a single sheet of paper with no cuts or tears. I have loved origami my entire life. I’ve pursued it ever since I was a kid, but my study was science and engineering. I worked for NASA doing
research on lasers, but throughout that whole time
I had been pursuing origami, developing designs, and writing books. In 2001, I quit my job
to try to make a career out of origami. I’ve worked on a couple of
different folding patterns that were round and would wrap
into a cylindrical geometry to fit into a rocket; and I
developed an airbag in a car that inflates from a small, folded bundle. So, whenever an engineer creates
something that opens and closes in a controlled way, they can make use of the folding patterns of origami. Over the years, math has
allowed me to realize as an artist, shapes and
creations that I couldn’t achieve any other way. Traditional origami was relatively simple. The designs would have taken
maybe 20 or 30 steps at most, but today, origami pieces
can be so complicated that they can have tens, hundreds,
maybe even a thousand steps. When I’m folding, it’s like
working with an old friend. It’s like dancing with a
partner whose moves I know. If I move this way, I know
my partner is going to move that way, and so I explore the
math, develop the equations, solve the equations,
create the folding pattern, and then I find out what it looks like, and, as often as not, it is beautiful. For me, the driving force
is that there’s always something new to try: a
new problem, a new subject, a new shape that I didn’t think
I was able to create before, but now I think I know how
to realize it, and each time I solve a problem I get
this wonderful feeling, and you want more of those feelings.


  1. HOW STUPID IS THIS GUY?! ‘When you can fold paper you can fold anything, bitch the paper IS everything. No wonder he works for NASA =P

  2. Artists: Art cannot be mesoured or calculated you must release your inner talent and personality into your creation and feel how the material guides you

  3. Me: “what the hell do I need this math class for. like, when am I gonna use this in my life!”
    guy quits the national aeronautics space administration to make a living on folding paper

  4. This here is what passion looks like, although he went into field work, he never stopped pursuing origami and even later on applied his practices into origami.
    Never lose that driving force even if you find yourself doing something you don't enjoy as much, it might provide you with the foundations so that later down the track you can enjoy what you truly want to do.
    I'm a student in med radiation, it's not something I would say I see myself pursuing for the rest of my life but I do enjoy the practical aspects of it, it's a stable prospective in the future. My passion lies in producing art, traditional and digital. Watching this video has motivated me to work hard in what I need to do, and then work my way up until I am able to treat myself with what I want to do.

  5. This is the master of folding
    He can fold paper 8 times🤭

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    What the Hell you looking at?
    Keep scrolling

  6. hearing this to me is facinating, there are artist out there that sucks on math. However, I'm good with math in terms of how proportion and conversion works. But calculating or knowing the multiplication I sucked at it. In addition to me being good in math, I'm also an avid illustrator. I had taught myself to drawing landmarks and perspective since the my high school days. I am also good in making origami as well. Difference is I am not a origami artist. But who ever here is a art enthusiast and you know you are good in math. Thumbs up to you!

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