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  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword
  • Crossing the Divide
  • Getting to Know the Square
  • Materials and Tools
  • Symbols and Procedures
  • Four Easy Pieces
  • Folding: A Compact History
  • I Meet the Master
  • A Zen Philosophy
  • The Floating Square
  • Learning from Nature
  • X and X'
  • A Music Lesson
  • The Psychology of Invention
  • The Case of the Purloined Pig
  • Toward a Vocabulary of Form
  • Additional Procedures
    • Angelfish
    • Butterfly Fish
    • Discus Fish
    • Hummingbird
    • Penguin
    • Giraffe
    • Kangaroo
    • One-Dollar Yacht
    • One-Dollar Bow Tie
    • One-Dollar Crab
    • Eight-Pointed Star
    • Valentine
    • Crab
    • Centipede
    • Octopus
    • Squid
    • Scorpion
    • Rattlesnake
    • Alligator
    • Tiger
    • Reindeer
    • Elephant
    • Knight on Horseback
    • Butterfly
  • Notes and Sources
  • Origami Societies
  • Picture Credits
  • Index to Terms

Title: Folding the Universe: Origami from Angelfish to Zen
Author: Peter Engel
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1989
Publisher: ‚ÄĆVintage Press(Random House), NY
Language: English
Page Count: 324
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 0394757513

SUMMARY- I freely admit Mr. Engel is somewhat over my head. I'm with him for most of a chapter, and then I lose the thread, backtrack a bit, struggle through another paragraph or two, decide this section wasn't written for me and move on to the next chapter. There are large parts of the book I found very engaging, like his quest for an original snake model. His solution makes a 40" snake out of a 10" piece of paper. Needless to say, Mr. Engel has clever to spare. I could do the simplest models, but by the intermediate models, I was stumped. I'll revisit this book in a few years when I have more experience reading the patterns. There's a lot to unpack in this book, and some really exquisite models to try. A more experienced or smarter folder will get farther than I did - and will want to. Just be aware that this book will challenge you.