January 10, 2013

Toppling Dominoes the Size of Skyscrapers

MIT Tech. Review, MIT Technology Review


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You’ve probably seen the domino effect in action where a row of standing slabs topple successively. Usually, the dominos are all the same size but a toppling domino actually has enough momentum to push over a bigger one. So it’s possible to set up a row of successively larger dominos that can be toppled by the push of a tiny slab at the beginning–a domino chain reaction.

So here’s an interesting question. How much bigger can each succeeding domino be?

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