BU student presentation sums up the mathematics of origami

For Immediate Release

Date:  March 16, 2006


BLOOMSBURG—The role of mathematics in origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, is the focus of a seminar to be presented Tuesday, March 21, at 3:30 p.m. at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Cody Narber, a senior computer science major from Bloomsburg, will discuss his research in “Greece Meets Japan: The Mathematics Behind Origami,” a program offered as part of the mathematics-computer science-statistics seminar series and open to the public free of charge. The presentation in Centennial Hall, room 244, is based on the results of research Narber conducted during an independent study with William Calhoun, associate professor of math, computer science and statistics.

“From modular origami to geometric constructions, there are many different areas in origami in which mathematics has been studied,” Narber said. “My current research is involved with geometric constructions.”

The seminar is open to anyone interested in origami, geometry or algebra. 


Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.