Genuine Origami: 43 Mathematically-based Models, from Simple to Complex

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Japan Publications Trading, Nov 1, 2008 - Crafts & Hobbies - 158 pages
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Like his counterpart in the U.S., prominent origami artist and scientist Robert J. Lang, Jun Maekawa approaches origami from the perspective of mathematical and geometric principles. In Genuine Origami, Maekawa takes readers, step-by-step, through the fundamentals of his method, beginning with the basics and guiding them through simple figures (a mouse, an elephant, Santa Claus) all the way up to such highly sophisticated models as his signature creations, the devil and the peacock.

The 43 different models are grouped into five sections, including one chapter on the ABCs, three which present projects in order of increasing difficulty (Simple, Intermediate and Complex), and one called Varieties of Origami, which reveals how to use different kinds of papers and techniques. In addition to the folding instructions and diagrams, Maekawa explains the mathematical theory behind each project.

An intriguing blend of art and science, Genuine Origami will allow newcomers to discover the pleasures of folding at the same time that it enables beginners and experts alike to learn clever, surprising and elegant sequences to produce exceptional results.
 

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This was my first origami book. I got this book at a fairly young age, 4th grade, and over a period of 6 years of on and off origami, I have done every model in the book. It is an excellent book with models for the skill sets of simple to the beginning of complex. The devil is not as complex as many Robert Lang's models, but it is still a challenge. This book gave me the skill set and pattern recognition to do many more advanced models. I highly recommend this book as it is a great introduction into origami. The diagrams are easy to follow, simply put, and clear. If you want to become an origami enthusiast, this is the book for you. 

Contents

Preface
12
Partitioned
20
Orizuru Transformation
26
Hina dolls
48
Connected Cranes Kotobuki Cut
57
Squid
59
16
101
Chick
108
Turkey
119
26
123
Eastern Dragon
129
30
137
Devil
146
32
148
48
156
Copyright

22
112

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About the author (2008)


Jun Maekawa, who studied physics, is credited with developing a new origami method based on fundamental geometric patterns. His insights into the connection between mathematics and origami are summed up in the Maekawa Theorem. He is a chief councilor of the Japan Origami Association and executive manager and engineer for a software company producing scientific engineering calculations. Genuine Origami is Maekawas first book to be translated into English.

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