Dominoes, or domino tiles, are rectangular blocks of wood, bone or plastic that usually have anywhere from 0 to 6 spots, or pips. They are popular for playing games, but also as toys that can be stacked on end to create intricate designs when knocked down.
There are several different kinds of dominoes, including the most basic ones that have six pips on each side. Others have fewer or no pips. Some have a line across the center to divide them into two squares, called ends.
In a game of dominoes, one player puts a domino edge-to-edge against another, and each side of the matched dominoes must have the same number or form a specified total. This can be played by one person or many people at the same time.
Stacking dominoes on end in long lines is also used to create complicated patterns that look impressive when they fall. When the first domino in the line is tipped over, it causes the next one to tip and so on, causing all of the dominoes in the line to eventually topple over.
A domino artist, Amy Hevesh, uses physics to build intricate displays that take hours to topple, and she has even set a Guinness World Record for the largest domino arrangement: 76,017 pieces. Before putting her installations up, Hevesh makes test versions of each section of the design to make sure it works properly.
She builds her installations by filming each piece in slow motion so she can make adjustments if something doesn’t work. She makes the biggest 3-D sections first and then adds flat arrangements, finishing with lines of dominoes that connect all the different sections together.
Hevesh uses a technique that she calls “domino gravity.” When a domino is dropped, it slips against its surface. This causes it to become a little heavier, and this pulls the domino toward Earth. This force also makes it easier to keep the dominoes in place when they’re standing up.
This force is also what makes a domino tumble when it’s dropped, and it’s also the cause of a domino’s chain reaction when it hits the ground. In this video, Hevesh talks about the laws of physics that help her build domino displays that are beautiful and incredibly realistic.
Her most recent installation, for example, is made up of 76,017 dominoes that are all toppled in a circle. The display takes hours to tumble and the physics behind it are amazing, but Hevesh says that it all starts with gravity.
She says that the domino effect has many different applications, from the way people change their habits to how a pizza chain can increase its sales. It’s all about commitment and consistency, and she’s found that when people commit to their goals they are more likely to stick with them.
The Domino Effect is a simple concept but powerful one. It can help you make better decisions when it comes to your career and your life. In fact, it’s the reason why some companies experience incredible growth, like global pizza chain Domino’s.