Chapter 1. Paper Science

The invention of paper changed the world! Learn about the science of papermaking, where paper gets its special properties from, and how to use chemistry and physics to make paper models that move.

The Invention of Paper

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Figure 1-1. Making recycled paper by hand produces beautiful results.

Paper is everywhere, and you see it everyday. So it might be hard to think of it as an invention. But the first people to make paper kept their discovery a secret from much of the world for hundreds of years. They knew they had a valuable new material on their hands.

Before paper, if people wanted to write or draw something and carry ...

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