Unfolding the Universe: Math & Science in Origami Exhibition

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Please note there will be no opening event for this exhibition. There will be an event in conjunction with this exhibition for World Origami Days in October.

Venture beyond the animals and shapes you know and unfold the secrets of the universe with these fascinating displays of scientific and mathematical origami. For decades, scientists and mathematicians have been discovering new and unusual ways to use origami; from computational origami and development of satellites and biomedical equipment, to simply using the folds of a paper to solve mathematical equations, origami is helping the advancement of math, science, and technology around the world.

Origami paper folding often mimics patterns found in biology and physics, such as our folded DNA to the unfurling of flower buds. Traditional models have mostly been simple structures, but in the past twenty years, new ideas and techniques from the fields of mathematics, computer science, and physics have developed new complex forms previously thought unachievable.

Featuring spectacular works from origami masters all over the country, Unfolding the Universe features pieces that have transformed origami into not only an art form but a scientific and mathematical expression. Come explore the folding and unfolding of the universe at this intersection of art and science!

This exhibition is in celebration of World Origami Days. Celebrated every year between October 24 and November 11, World Origami Days brings together people from around the world to spread the joy of paperfolding. You can learn more about World Origami Days on OrigamiUSA's website.

This exhibition is made possible with support from The Gabriella & Paul Rosenbaum Foundation and OrigamiUSA.


Erik Demaine & Martin Demaine; Goran Konjevod; Ben Parker; Faye E. Goldman; Robert E. Neale; Arnold Tubis; Christine Edison; Daniel Kwan; Ekaterina Lukasheva; Marc Thompson; Sy Chen; Thomas Crain; David Mitchell; Andrew Borloz; Evan Zodl; Herman van Goubergen; Bennett Arnstein; Mette Pederson; John McKeever; Alessandro Beber; Sarah Withee.

This exhibition will also feature the Foldscope, a foldable and affordable microscope created by Professor Manu Prakash and Jim Cybulski of Stanford University using origami techniques.

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