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Richard James - Atomistically inspired origami

Tue 26 June 2018

18:00 - 19:00

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Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

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The World population is growing at about 80 million per year. As time goes by, there is necessarily less space per person. Perhaps this is why the scientific community seems to be obsessed with folding things. In this lecture Richard James, Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota,  presents a mathematical approach to “rigid folding” inspired by the way atomistic structures form naturally - their features at a molecular level imply desirable features for macroscopic structures as well, especially 4D structures. Origami structures even suggest an unusual way to look at the Periodic Table.

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