Roses, origami & math
With an innovative and exciting approach to paper craft, ROSES, ORIGAMI & MATH stretches this ancient art to the limits. Designed for the classroom, this book uses advanced paper folding theory to reveal fundamental mathematical problems.
ROSES, ORIGAMI & MATH is divided into three sections with increasing degrees of difficulty:
The first chapter focuses on blocks and is designed to help the reader understand symmetry. Once mastered, solving the mathematical questions of origami should be easier. From the simple blocks, cherry blossoms, small houses, churches, and even a Greek temple can be created.
The second chapter goes on to explain techniques such as twist folding and stereoscopic twist folding that are used for making roses and are the basis for flat folding and crystal folding.
Finally, in the third chapter Kawasaki introduces the mathematics of origami. He explains it as an element of geometry that most readers learned in junior high school. Each section has exercises to help the reader better understand the mathematics of origami.
Included in ROSES, ORIGAMI & MATH are instructions for creating the author's masterpiece, the Kawasaki Rose Series. Fully illustrated with clear, step-by-step instructions, this book is fun and filled with useful techniques for mathematics education and for the ambitious layman.With an innovative and exciting approach to paper craft, ROSES, ORIGAMI & MATH stretches this ancient art to the limits. Designed for the classroom, this book uses advanced paper folding theory to reveal fundamental mathematical problems.
Рецензия G. Aharoni
This is the long-awaited English translation of Kawasaki's 1998 book in Japanese. The lion's share of this book is dedicated to the the folding of simple units and the possibilities of constructions that can be made of them, may they be flowers, buildings, or intricate geometric shapes.
If you follow the instructions closely, you will be quite intimate with these units, as the text includes many puzzles that help you get to know their anatomy better.
A very nice feature is the "Mass production" sections, which show you how to quickly obtain many pre-folded units from large sheets of paper. These units are also taught in the book Origami Dream World but here they are used for more constructions.
The second part (after a coffee break, that teaches how to fold a coffee bean!) is dedicated to Kawasaki's famous twist-fold, with instructions for two of his roses, and also diagrams for two variations of leaves.
The third part is theoretical, and deals with several theorems connected to origami, that might help in figuring out crease patterns, as well as a thorough examination of the math embedded in the traditional origami crane. However, the somewhat clunky English translation, together with my un-mathematical mind, got in my way of fully enjoying this section.