There's an analog for this in life, where disparate events, spread across years, come together to reveal the path forward. It goes by a nicer name, though: serendipity. --Robert Lang

Genius of the Fold

Genius of the Fold

May 16, 2011-- People who think of origami as simple paper playthings may be surprised to know of a professional origami artist, much less one who's a Caltech physicist. Robert Lang walked away from a successful career in lasers and opto-electronics to fold paper full time. Now widely regarded as a legend in the field, Lang has published more than 500 original origami designs, with some of his work exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He also pioneered the use of math and computer science to design origami models so complex and intricate, that it seems almost inconceivable that they were once a humble square of paper. And Lang has actually fused this mind-bending artistry and scientific bent, helping researchers fold a football-field-sized telescope lens into a compact package that could be launched into space. (4047 reads)

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