Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell


Popular Scientific Recreations
'Popular Scientific Recreations' was a translated and much expanded version of Gaston Tissandier's 'Les Recreations Scientifiques'. It was published by Ward, Lock and Co Ltd in London and New York, probably in 1880. No translator's or author's name is given.

There is a version available online at https://archive.org/details/popularscientifi00tissrich/page/n7. This version is undated but cannot date earlier than the date pof Charles Darwin's death on 19th April 1882 since in a footnote on page 619 he is called 'the late Charles Darwin'.

Despite the inclusion of much more material this book only contains the same effects depending on paperfolding as 'Les Recreations Scientifique'.


The Jumping Bean


Melting a Piece of Tin on a Card


Boiling Water in a Paper Case (ie the Junk Box)