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BMPL Dr Jonathan Meddaugh

Wednesday 15 March 2017 (19:30-20:30)

Naomi Green

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Origami and Mathematics

Dr Jonathan Meddaugh

Origami allows for an incredible variety of objects to be constructed from a simple sheet of paper. Traditional origami creations include relatively simple shapes including the familiar origami crane. Modern origami artists have pushed the limits of the medium and through the clever use of geometry have been able to create some truly amazing art. The art of origami is of course significantly informed by the mathematics, but perhaps more surprisingly, mathematics can be informed by origami. We will discuss applications of origami in geometric constructions and the design of airbags and telescope lenses.

The Birmingham Popular Mathematics Lectures are open to all members of the public and the University who are interested in the study of Mathematics. They are particularly suitable for those studying Mathematics at A Level and we also welcome advanced GCSE students. Young people are welcome on their own, with parents or with a school group.

The lectures are free of charge and in general there is no need to register. The lectures start at 7.30pm and last one hour, please arrive in the Watson building from 7pm onwards. 

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