Robert J. Lang

American physicist, mathematician and origami expert

Robert J. Lang (May 4, 1961) is an American physicist and origami artist.

Robert Lang folding an origami American flag, which includes 50 stars and 15 white and 13 red stripes, from a single uncut square (2006).


  • The secret to productivity in so many fields -- and in origami -- is letting dead people do your work for you. Because what you can do is take your problem, and turn it into a problem that someone else has solved, and use their solutions.
  • When you get math involved, problems that you solve for aesthetic value only, or to create something beautiful, turn around and turn out to have an application in the real world. And as weird and surprising as it may sound, origami may someday even save a life.
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