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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 sequences, this book takes a modern look at the centuries-old art of 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 sequences, this book takes a modern look at the centuries-old art of origami.


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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 sequences, this book takes a modern look at the centuries-old art of 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 sequences, this book takes a modern look at the centuries-old art of origami.

30 review for Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joaquin

    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 folder. This 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 fold 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 folder. This 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 it. If you like folding complex models, and feel like you want to understand more 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ury949

    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 techniques, 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 advance 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 techniques, 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 cover.) I 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Excellent how-to's and theory on the more technical aspects of origami design. There's really nothing to add. Some of the designs are less than fascinating, but this is not a diagram book. The designs are to show techniques. Some of the designs ARE incredible though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nguyen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Very good

  5. 4 out of 5

    Arthur Quintão

    TreeMaker - program (software) for the design of origami bases.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gabriel

    Be forewarned, this is NOT your average “20 origami designs for beginners!” book. The few patterns illustrated are there as examples for the text, which is substantial — and quite intelligent. The author (possibly the only living professional full-time origamist in the world — seriously, he makes a living just folding paper) does an admirable job of analyzing advanced theories of origami. As one example, the cover model - a fish *covered in individual scales* (from one piece of square paper!) – Be forewarned, this is NOT your average “20 origami designs for beginners!” book. The few patterns illustrated are there as examples for the text, which is substantial — and quite intelligent. The author (possibly the only living professional full-time origamist in the world — seriously, he makes a living just folding paper) does an admirable job of analyzing advanced theories of origami. As one example, the cover model - a fish *covered in individual scales* (from one piece of square paper!) – leads a chapter on how to pre-embed pattern grids into regions destined for specific surfaces. Really eye-opening possibilities here.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Goff

    A fascinating look at how one of the world's leading origami artists design their models. It contained topics such as point splitting, circle packing, and box pleating, along with some very nice models to demonstrate the ideas in the book. It also includes the crease patterns for numerous other models, if you are skilled enough to fold a base from a crease pattern. The only problem was that Lang just about assumed that the reader had a degree in computation and number theory, which I most certai A fascinating look at how one of the world's leading origami artists design their models. It contained topics such as point splitting, circle packing, and box pleating, along with some very nice models to demonstrate the ideas in the book. It also includes the crease patterns for numerous other models, if you are skilled enough to fold a base from a crease pattern. The only problem was that Lang just about assumed that the reader had a degree in computation and number theory, which I most certainly do not, so I was pretty much lost on his chapter about tree theory. Other than that it was a great book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Grace Bonifatti

    Superb!! Had a lot of fun making the Baby, I'll try the Koi next time :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    is it fair to say you liked a book if you haven't finished it? recalled by the library, but what i read was interactive/mind expanding/fun.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carmen something

    Alright. The man easily surpasses the book and its content--just check out his website and work in the medical supply and air bag engineering fields. And then read The People of Paper.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Kanev

    Tells you not only how to fold origmi models, but how to design them. Wonderful. Nothing more to be said.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dogtreat

    Thank you Robert J. Lang for writing the book that didn't exist. Not only is this a very interesting and entertaining guide to origami design, it has many great models to fold along the way.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ty Mar

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shuki Kato

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

  17. 4 out of 5

    Justin

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bich Lien

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chris Heithoff

  20. 4 out of 5

    Malachi Brown

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan Waller

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nick Brinneman

  25. 4 out of 5

    Juli

  26. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Ball

  27. 4 out of 5

    Annarae McFarlane

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kai

  29. 5 out of 5

    KNY

  30. 4 out of 5

    Egon

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