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I am in complete agreement with the questions and thoughts expressed in his book. … This book is perfect for math geeks who aim to apply their math in a very creative way.
―OrigamiBlog.com, January 2012
Robert Lang made some substantial changes ― much to the joy of many origami enthusiasts. The first edition impressed with 594 pages full of high-quality content going into techniques, mathematics, and folding instructions. The second edition tops that by an extra 176 pages, an extra 30% of content! … Altogether, this wealth of new content definitely makes it worth buying the second edition ― even if you already have the first edition. As to if you don’t have either edition: I’d recommend going for the second one.
―Sara Adams, HappyFolding.com, December 2011
The good news is that a second edition of Robert Lang’s Origami Design Secrets is available. The bad news is you’re going to want to buy it, even if you have the first edition. … It’s a tribute to both the author and the publisher (CRC Press) that such major updates have been allowed. This book is without doubt the best guide to creating origami that has ever been published and I suspect it will retain the crown forever. … Quite simply, all creative folders should own this book if they have any interest in developing their skills. Even if they have no such interest, they should buy it ― it’s that good.
―Nick Robinson, origami artist and author, on his blog, September 2011
Praise for the First Edition:
The first part of his plan was to write the book he’d been contemplating while still at JDS Uniphase ― Origami Design Secrets, which was published in 2003 and lays out the underlying principles of origami and design techniques.
―Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, February 2007
When Robert J. Lang, a laser physicist, talks with passion about origami ― the Japanese art of paper folding ― the line between play and discovery also completely dissolves. Mr. Lang is what might be called an origamist (see www.langorigami.com). He wrote the book Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art and has created tarantulas, delicate herons, 12-spined shells and big-horned elk out of single, uncut, folded sheets of paper.
―Edward Rothstein, The New York Times, April 2006
This book is a synthesis of origami technique, history, and instructions, with very thoughtful and clear explanations for almost every aspect of the art of folding and designing origami.
―Sarah Gourlie, Math Horizons, January 2006
Lang chose to strike a balance between a book that describes origami design algorithmically and one that appeals to the origami community … . For mathematicians and origamists alike, Lang’s expository approach introduces the reader to technical aspects of folding and the mathematical models with clarity and good humor … Origami Design Secrets … is highly recommended for mathematicians and students alike who want to view, explore, wrestle with open problems in, or even try their own hand at the complexity of origami model design.
―Thomas C. Hull, The Mathematical Intelligencer, March 2005
This magisterial work, splendidly produced, covers all aspects of the art and science.
―SIAM Book Review, November 2004
For most origami enthusiasts, the ancient Japanese art of folding and making creases is a mere hobby, and a grand pursuit for those giddily obsessed with the mathematics (or aesthetics) of how mere paper can be contorted into objects of beauty and interest. For Robert J. Lang, however, origami has become a life’s pursuit …
―Chad Berndtson, The Patriot Ledger, November 2004
… finally, the secrets of an origami master are revealed! It feels like Lang has taken you on as an apprentice as he teaches you his techniques, stepping you through examples of real origami designs and their development.
―Erik Demaine, October 2003
There is something for everyone here, whether beginner or expert, left-brained or right, specialist or dilettante.
―Gail Anderson, Engineering & Science, April 2003
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The designs in here are beautiful, I am always amazed at the level of detail. He is currently trying the cuckoo clock but it's slow going as it's a very intricate design. He thoroughly enjoys this book and Mr. Lang is one of his origami heroes.
This is the best teaching book I have ever read that goes into great detail on the art of folding to create your own models.
It is more of a text book and it does go into mathematical details, which as an engineer I found very interesting, but it also stays simple so most can follow.
This is a must have to anyone looking to start working on their own designs.
Lang is among the best
The book is divided into sections. Each section explains a technique, then further illustrated on how the technique was used by providing folding examples, which you can fold. You can gain understanding of each technique, combined them to create your own models.
This book shows how complicated models were designed and created, so even if you are not interested in folding complicated models, understanding how other creative people create their own models will leave your jaw dropping.
My reason for knocking down a star is that I feel that the diagrams in terms of folding complexity start jumping around. Some of the more complex/confusing folds are not adequately described and take quite a bit of twiddling to get right. Had it been a little easier to confirm a correct fold on some of the models this book would have been even more amazing.
Nevertheless this book is essential in understanding how to making your own design and will better equip you in the right direction than trying to fold until something happens.
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