Using Origami to Make a Shape with No Volume and Infinite Surface Area

By Annalee Newitz on at

It should surprise no one that MIT has an origami team whose goal is to create a third level version of a 3-D fractal known as a Menger Sponge, the ultimate incarnation of which is a shape with zero volume and infinite surface area. Here's how they do it.

Working with business cards and some kids, the team does manage to create an approximation of level three of the fractal, and it looks a lot like some of the architecture on the MIT campus. Because of course it does. Watch this video to learn about the relationship between maths and structural beauty — and a bunch of heroic fractal lovers.