“This often happens in math and the sciences – problems that you solve for aesthetic value only, to create something beautiful- turn out to have an application in the real world. As weird and surprising at it may sound, origami may someday save a life.”
-Robert Lang, origami pioneer
It turns out that some of the same folding technology used to create objects like this:
…can also be used to create heart stents, airbags, and enormous telescopes.
To hear Robert Lang explain how math and engineering principles are being used to create new kinds of origami click here