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Algorigami, Anyone?

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Science  06 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5352, pp. 805
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5352.805

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Predicting whether any given origami design can be pressed flat without damage is about as hard as a problem can get (see main text). It's easier to start with the flat-foldable criterion and create designs that meet it, as a talk at last month's joint annual meeting of two mathematical societies showed. More important--at least to origamists--the method also provides a way to sculpt in paper essentially any object whose general shape can be suggested by a stick figure.