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Origami 5: Fifth International Meeting of Origami Science, Mathematics, and Education [Paperback]

Patsy Wang-Iverson , Robert J. Lang , Mark YIM

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27 Jun 2011 1568817142 978-1568817149

Origami5 continues in the excellent tradition of its four previous incarnations, documenting work presented at an extraordinary series of meetings that explored the connections between origami, mathematics, science, technology, education, and other academic fields.

The fifth such meeting, 5OSME (July 13–17, 2010, Singapore Management University) followed the precedent previous meetings to explore the interdisciplinary connections between origami and the real world. This book begins with a section on origami history, art, and design. It is followed by sections on origami in education and origami science, engineering, and technology, and culminates with a section on origami mathematics—the pairing that inspired the original meeting.

Within this one volume, you will find a broad selection of historical information, artists’ descriptions of their processes, various perspectives and approaches to the use of origami in education, mathematical tools for origami design, applications of folding in engineering and technology, as well as original and cutting-edge research on the mathematical underpinnings of origami.



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I will readily admit I became engaged with, even engrossed in, this seminal volume on the multifaceted aspects of the art, history, science, and engineering of origami in almost four dozen short papers astutely organized, really threaded through, four main sections. … There is plenty of mathematics learning and teaching engagingly embedded within the covers. … There’s something for virtually everyone, students and teachers alike, those mathematically or artistically inclined or interested, and those not so much. … novices and the origami-ignorant like me can find starting points to commence their own personalized explorations of this fascinating field. So, pick up this volume and begin unfolding it to reveal all its intricacies. May you find your own treasure ship or sacred crane among its pages!
—John E. Hammett III, Professor of Mathematics, Saint Peter’s University, and President, New Jersey Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators

When I first visited Japan in 1983 I was curious to learn how origami was taught and developed in Japan. … My search for a connection of origami with mathematics was not successful at that time. I wished that I could have seen a book or even some articles as they are published now in this book … Until recently, the scientific view of origami was rather underdeveloped and [these] proceedings might change this.
—Wolfgang Polasek, International Statistical Review, 2012

Origami 5 continues in the excellent tradition of its four previous incarnations, documenting work presented at an extraordinary series of international meetings that explored the connections between origami, mathematics, science, technology, education, and other academic fields. … Within this one volume, you will find a broad selection of historical information, artists’ descriptions of their processes, various perspectives and approaches to the use of origami in education, mathematical tools for origami design, applications of folding in engineering and technology, as well as original and cutting-edge research on the underpinnings of origami.
L’Enseignement Mathematique (2) 57, 2011

… fascinating … With Origami 5 you can make everything from an origami angel to a full-sized baseball cap and learn all the associated mathematics along the way.
—Kay Gilliland, NCSM Newsletter, Winter 2011

Praise for the Previous Volume:
Wow! Fantastic book! It will create new folds in your brain whether you are an artist, scientist, inventor, educator, or simply like to be amazed. The balance between mathematical theory and manipulative practice, and between artistic and educational applications makes this a book for everyone. I look forward to using this book personally and professionally.
—Robert Root-Bernstein, Ph.D., co-author of Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People

About the Author

Patsy Wang-Iverson is Vice President for Special Projects at the Gabriella and Paul Rosenbaum Foundation. Introduced to origami as a child by her mother, her personal interest in origami merged in recent years with her work in helping to improve students' interest in and success with mathematics. She co-organized, with Eileen Tan and Benjamin Tan, the 2010 Fifth International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education (5OSME) plus a Folding Convention (PLUS!) at the Singapore Management University in Singapore.

Robert J. Lang has been an avid student of origami for some forty years and is now recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the art. He is one of the pioneers of the cross-disciplinary marriage of origami with mathematics and organized the 2006 Fourth International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics, and Education at Caltech. He has consulted on applications of origami to medical devices, air-bag design, and space telescopes, is the author or co-author of twelve books and numerous articles on origami and lectures widely on the connections between origami, mathematics, science, and technology.

Mark Yim is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he was a Principal Scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center (formerly Xerox PARC). His group studies modular self-reconfigurable robots and has demonstrated robots that can transform into different shapes, jump, ride tricycles, climb stairs, poles and fences, manipulate objects and reassemble themselves. Collaborative work with researchers at Harvard, MIT and Berkeley include robotic self-folding origami. He has authored over 100 journal and conference papers and over 40 patents on topics ranging from robotics and videogame feedback devices to education and robotic performance art.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Resource to Go Beyond "Normal" Origami 17 Aug 2011
By BRDParker - Published on Amazon.com
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Having not had the pleasure of attending the 5th Origami Science, Math, and Education Conference myself, when I started reading, I felt as if I were still able to get a lot of the information presented in Singapore.

There are fascinating mathematical and complex articles like those on curved folding, woven origami tessellations, and the difficulties of crease pattern circle-packing.

Then there are the articles that are more accessible to the average origamist: how to teach origami to school children and success story or two in a tougher school system, studying types of paperfolding called Snapology and Twirl Designs, which are both accessible to anyone with rudimentary origami experience and an open mind.

A referenced history of origami is also good for someone who wants a "fuller" image of what is currently going on in the international origami community, which is larger than the average person seems to know.

This book is the perfect resource for anyone with some origami experience, enjoys higher-level mathematics, or simply is curious to really get to know what the speakers in the documentary "Between the Folds" were talking about.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tool for Teachers 16 Nov 2011
By AJGill - Published on Amazon.com
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Although the education section of this book is not large, it captures insights into how origami can engage children while providing opportunities to teach aspects of geometry and fractions. From the van Hiele Theory of Teaching Geometry to developing motor skills and prompting imagination in the early grades to approaching conceptually demanding work around angles, symmetry, fractions, and reasoning and proof in later grades. This book has a poignant chapter that captures the power of origami to provide an avenue for disaffected youth caught in negative circumstances to be drawn in, experience the satisfaction and confidence of successfully completing a paper object, develop habits of attending to directions and being precise. Paper folding can be a rich tool for the teaching of mathematics.

It would be nice to have more chapters for the K-12 classroom.
5.0 out of 5 stars When a hobby leads to career guidelines and development. Origami has great influences and a wonderful tool for teaching 11 Dec 2013
By Cherel Michelle - Published on Amazon.com
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I began purchasing Origami books for my grandson more than seven years ago, since then his interest in science, math and his chose of career fields have changed. He see so many challenges and possibilities in his career connecting three different hobbies together into a very constructive career. If it had not been for his hobby of Origami he might not have seen all the various challenges. Now he wants to continue in the area of design and development. He has discovered the art of folding paper can lead to greater insight and understanding ... opening doors from creative development of construction, which then awakens design influences ... among a few other career connections and opportunities. These textbooks have awaken his spirit and mind. WE gave him at least three books on Origami and he takes the time to study them from front to back. He now has at least 50 educational books and Origami and its influences in our lives and daily environment.

Origami 5: Fifth International Meeting of Origami Science, Mathematics, and Education.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull and powerfull integrations of human's knowledge! 13 May 2013
By FABIO A BECHELLI - Published on Amazon.com
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integrative and some times with transdisciplinar approch!
I very like the mix of kinds of SAPIENTIAE...
I want to go to the next OSME in Tokio - JP!
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad quality of the edition. 30 Jan 2013
By Pablo De Souza Sánchez - Published on Amazon.com
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Although the content of the articles included in this book is excellent. I am very disappointed with the quality of the paper, the print, the typography and the covers. With this price it should be better published.
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