Paper by Erik D. Demaine

Marshall Bern, Erik Demaine, David Eppstein, and Barry Hayes, “A Disk-Packing Algorithm for an Origami Magic Trick”, in Origami3: Proceedings of the 3rd International Meeting of Origami Science, Math, and Education (OSME 2001), Monterey, California, March 9–11, 2001, pages 17–28, A K Peters.

We present an algorithm for a magic trick. Given a polygon with holes P, our algorithm determines a folding of a rectangular sheet of paper such that a single straight cut suffices to cut out P. This paper is a simplification and improvement of a paper first published in Fun with Algorithms [10].

The paper is 10 pages.

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Last updated January 19, 2017 by Erik Demaine.