The maximum number of times any piece of paper could be folded in half is seven... NOT!

The maximum number of times any piece of paper could be folded in half is seven... NOT!

Britney Gallivan having
made the 11th fold
Pic credit: wikipedia
A popular belief holds that it is impossible to fold a sheet of paper in half more than 7 times, folding in any direction, as the challenge had existed for many years and had never been solved. This belief was debunked by then high school student Britney Gallivan who successfully folded a piece of paper 12 times. More importantly she developed the mathematical and physical explanations for the actual folding limits of incompressible materials when folding in one or two directions. After the mathematics were developed she demonstrated folding in half 12 times both by folding paper in a single direction and by folding gold foil while rotating the folding 90 degrees after each fold.








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