Throughout our natural world, patterns are incredibly pervasive — whether they be spirals, fractals, tessellations, stripes, or even simple symmetry, they can be seen in nearly all living or nonliving things on Earth. Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that these patterns are not randomly generated; rather, they are intricately connected to natural laws of mathematics, physics, and biology! By looking at these natural patterns, we can begin to explore the intersection of math and science with our organic world.
In a similar vein, origami — the Japanese art of paper-folding, allows curious artists to interact with geometry, and mathematical principles of symmetry and angles in a fun, and tactile way.
Explore the menu able to learn about origami at MIT; the Golden Ratio, a ratio that is seen organically in nature; or the Miura-Ori fold, a highly collapsible fold that has been used in biomedical engineering as well as automobile safety design, and much more!
This site was designed by Alison Hoi, a MIT Public Programs Intern for Summer 2016.