Crumpling paper

A while back I spent a great deal of time crumpling paper. Why, you might ask? Well, it turns out that many of the systems that physicists are interested in emit pulses of energy that vary broadly in energy with a power law distribution: a few examples are earthquakes, magnets and noise pulses emitted by materials under stress. Crumpling paper puts a world of interesting physics between your hands.

If your browser supports Java, you can read my paper in the original LaTeX form without any plug-ins or helper applications thanks to the IDVI applet by Garth Dickie from the Geometry Center.

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