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What do proteins and pop-up cards have in common? How is opening a grocery bag different from opening a gift box? How can you cut out the letters for a whole word all at once with one straight scissors cut? How many ways are there to flatten a cube? You can answer these questions and more through the mathematics of folding and unfolding. From this book, you will discover nWhat do proteins and pop-up cards have in common? How is opening a grocery bag different from opening a gift box? How can you cut out the letters for a whole word all at once with one straight scissors cut? How many ways are there to flatten a cube? You can answer these questions and more through the mathematics of folding and unfolding. From this book, you will discover new and old mathematical theorems by folding paper and find out how to reason toward proofs. With the help of 200 color figures, author Joseph O'Rourke explains these fascinating folding problems starting from high school algebra and geometry and introducing more advanced concepts in tangible contexts as they arise. He shows how variations on these basic problems lead directly to the frontiers of current mathematical research and offers ten accessible unsolved problems for the enterprising reader. Before tackling these, you can test your skills on fifty exercises with complete solutions. The book's Web site, http: //www.howtofoldit.org, has dynamic animations of many of the foldings and downloadable templates for readers to fold or cut out....

Title : How to Fold It
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ISBN : 9780521145473
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 177 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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How to Fold It Reviews

  • James Watson
    2018-11-03 06:18

    "How to Fold it" is a collection of mathematical morsels that center on folding beams and paper. These are sketches of the rules that govern such domains as protein folding and origami, with all detail and formalism omitted. Throughout each brief chapter there are puzzles and problems for the reader to work out to test understanding, none of which require math heavier than high school geometry. (You may need scissors.)No topic gets very deep, but there is an annotated bibliography to guide your further research and interest.This book was on my wish-list because I was interested in the folding of papercraft and boxes. Only some of the material bears directly on these topics, but most of all I have more information on where to look.