An evening to celebrate the excitement of mathematics and its influence
on modern society. Come learn about why mathematics and science careers
are great choices. We will have a special presentation!
This event is free and open to the public. It is targetted to high
school students (but suitable for younger children) so bring your
Wednesday, July 13, 1pm-1:50pm
Activities & Recreation Center (ARC) Ballroom. See this Campus Map
See this flyer
for details. Come see a special presentation by Dr. Robert J. Lang.
Also, hear an
with Dr. Lang on Capital Public Radio's
Also, here is a
to not just the interview, but a short accompanying video.
Title: From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Modern Science of Origami
The last decade of this past century has been witness
to a revolution in the development and application of mathematical
techniques to origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of paper-folding.
The techniques used in mathematical origami design range from the
abstruse to the highly approachable. In this talk, I will describe how
geometric concepts led to the
solution of a broad class of origami folding problems - specifically,
the problem of efficiently folding a shape with an arbitrary number and
arrangement of flaps, and along the way, enabled origami designs of
mind-blowing complexity and realism, some of which you'll see, too. As
often happens in mathematics, theory originally developed for its own
sake has led to some surprising practical applications. The algorithms
and theorems of origami design have shed light on long-standing
mathematical questions and have solved practical engineering problems.
I will discuss examples of how origami has enabled safer airbags,
Brobdingnagian space telescopes, and
Robert J. Lang is recognized as one of the foremost origami
artists in the world as well as a pioneer in computational origami and
the development of formal design algorithms for folding. With a Ph.D.
in Applied Physics from Caltech, he has, during the course of work at
NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Spectra Diode Laboratories, and JDS
Uniphase, authored or co-authored over 80 papers and 45 patents in
lasers and optoelectronics as well as authoring, co-authoring, or
editing 12 books and a CD-ROM on origami. He is a full-time artist and
consultant on origami and its applications to engineering problems but
keeps his toes in the world of lasers, most recently as the
Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics from
2007-2010. He received Caltech's highest honor, the Distiguished Alumni
We recommend you park in lot VP 25
. Please note a daily parking permit can be purchased from any yellow kiosk for $7 (cash or credit card).
Please phone Sarah Driver firstname.lastname@example.org of COSMOS (530) 754-7326,
or Professor Vazirani at (530) 554-2596, or email Professor Vazirani
(email@example.com) with questions or special needs.
This event is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (
Grant DMS-0636297) and COSMOS
(California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science).