Origami Design Secrets Mathematical Methods for an Ancient

Origami Design Secrets Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art Robert J Lang one of the worlds foremost origami artists and scientists presents the never before described mathematical and geometric principles that allow anyone to design original origami something once restricted to an elite few From the theoretical underpinnings to detailed step by step folding seuences this book takes a modern look at the centuries old art of origami Interesting material I am glad I figured out on my own to use papers other than origami paper and to use very large sheets for some projects as this topic is not covered at all I feel that this book has left me with a deep understanding of all of these silly seemingly random folds I've been doing for decades I get it now I might not be able to design my own arthropod or to do the math in the book but I understand the principles and that leaves me inspired and with a lot of room to become a better origami folderThis book is extremely dense By the last two chapters I simply had to skip reading some of the extremely complex and math based solutions to complex folds since there was no use trying to remember that unless I was designing my own model at the time But the first several chapters cover incredibly useful tools I'm also now able to better visualize how a crease pattern will collapse and what could come out of itIf you like folding complex models and feel like you want to understand of how these shapes come to be instead of simple step by steps to arrive at a final form this book is a must I feel tiny after reading it it's a huge world of extreme complexity that I'll never master but I can at least enjoy knowing a few of the key secrets This is like a text book of origami theory it could easily be turned into a college level math course Chapters on model bases folding techniues creating additional points to work with like how it's possible to make a spider with eight legs out of a paper with only four corners creating textures plates asymmetrical designs different design theories; each chapter has folding instructions for models that demonstrate examples of the concept just covered Most of these models are advanced level and may take several hours to complete One thing I learned when approaching a new model is to practice folding it multiple times on different sizes and weights of paper until you have achieved the skill to make a final version on a well chosen piece of paper Not every origami model is best made with origami paper that you buy at the craft store The shared knowledge of how to fold an origami model is not what this book is about it is about the far less discussed tactics of designing origami models how did anyone come up with those steps in the first place There are many crease pattern diagrams a chapter devoted to mathematical algorithms and an extensive and valuable reference for when you become obsessed with paper folding as you just might after reading this book Yes I want to attempt the koi fish on the coverI really like this book; I tend to like math and understand it am logic thinking patient and analytical I'd recommend this book to anyone along those characteristics I'm not sure that it would interest everyone who picked it up I've done origami as a kid but it's not really been a huge hobby of mine so don't be afraid to dive into it just don't expect it to be a walk in the park either Excellent how to's and theory on the technical aspects of origami design There's really nothing to addSome of the designs are less than fascinating but this is not a diagram book The designs are to show techniuesSome of the designs ARE incredible though

  • Paperback
  • 594 pages
  • Origami Design Secrets Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art
  • Robert J. Lang
  • English
  • 25 February 2014
  • 9781568811949

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