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I was sent this link by a number of people (you all think you have me pegged, don't you?): Cones, Curves, Shells, Towers: He Made Paper Jump to Life, about David Huffman, who studied the nature of paper with curved folds. I wanted to find some instructions for making his paper designs. I couldn't find any, but found a profile of Huffman at Paul Haeberli's ur-blog Grafica Obscura. And I didn't realize he was the guy behind Huffman codes until I read this Scientific American profile reprinted on Huffman's nephew Ken's site.
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