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"Longest Crease J, " by Sharol Nau (Northfield, MN)

10" x 10" x 10", book sculpture, 2013

"A classical calculus problem, the so-called Paper Creasing Problem, deals with extremizing the length of the crease formed when a rectangular sheet of paper is altered by folding one corner, say the lower right-hand corner, to the opposite edge. The length of the crease depends on the distance the active corner is from the upper left-hand corner."

This sculpture formed by folding individual pages is an example of the variety of the three-dimensional forms which can be obtained by incremental changes in the length of the crease from page to page and by extending the points that can be used. --- Sharol Nau (

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American Mathematical Society