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Physics of the domino effect. Or how to knock over the empire state building using 28 dominos

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“A domino can knock over another domino about 1.5x larger than itself. A chain of dominos of increasing size makes a kind of mechanical chain reaction that starts with a tiny push and knocks down an impressively large domino.
See http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0401018 for a sophisticated discussion of the physics.”

First presented by Lorne Whitehead, American Journal of Physics, Vol. 51, page 182 (1983). – pdf

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Vintage National Geographic Images

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Charles Bittinger, Eclipse of the Sun by the Earth, 1930s

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Vittorio Sella, A Cascade of Weathered Ice Spills From the 14 Square Mile Glacier, Karagour Glacier, Caucasus Mountains, Russia, 1910s

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Pierre Mion, Habitat in Space, 1970s

 

On display at the Steven Kasher Gallery until February 16th, 2013

Star Wars Trilogy Pathway Infographics #awesome

Click to enlarge.

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By Andrew DeGraff, and currently all prints have been sold out (although the original is still available at $2900!).

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