The Artist Engineer Podcast

Robert J. Lang interview: Origami Master and Physicist

June 19, 2021

Our guest this episode is Robert J. Lang, one of the world’s leading masters of the art of origami.

Robert's work combines aspects of the Western school of mathematical origami design with the Eastern emphasis upon line and form. It has been shown in exhibitions around the world including in New York's Museum of Modern Art and Paris's Carrousel du Louvre. He has consulted on the application of origami to engineering problems ranging from air-bag design to expandable space telescopes. He is also the author or co-author of twenty-one books on origami art and design.

We discuss Robert's decision to quit his job in laser physics to focus on origami full-time, how he applies families of patterns from origami to industrial problems, and what constitutes "good" origami in both the art and engineering worlds.

Robert describes what elegance in design is and how pursuing elegance can lead to surprising results. And finally, we share resources that will help you to get started learning origami.

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