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KNOXVILLE — Robert Lang, physicist, engineer and one of the world’s foremost origami artists, will give a lecture and lead two workshops at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Oct. 25-26.

Lang will discuss “From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Art and Science of Origami” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, in Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building. The event is free and open to the public.

He will lead a workshop called “Bringing Origami to Life: Artistic Folding Techniques” from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 in Art + Architecture Room 105.

A second workshop titled “Origami Structures for Technological and Design Applications” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 26, in Art + Architecture Room 105.

Both workshops are free and open to the public, but a maximum of 20 people will be admitted. Call (865) 974-3407 to register in advance.

Lang, who earned his doctorate in applied physics at the California Institute of Technology, is known as a pioneer in computational origami and the development of formal algorithms for folding. Lang’s creations have been displayed all over the world, and he has catalogued and diagrammed more than 400 designs.

Lang’s visit is sponsored by the School of Art and the departments of mathematics and physics and astronomy.

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Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179,

Paul Lee, professor and director of the School of Art, (865) 974-3407,