NOVA: The Origami Revolution
Airs Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Credit: Courtesy of WGBH
Discover how the art of origami is sparking a scientific revolution and unlocking nature’s secrets.
The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly.
But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us… and even within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions.
With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the questions is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm – a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding? And if so, what would that mean for the future of design?
Explore the high-tech future of this age-old art as NOVA unfolds "The Origami Revolution."
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