I found this on You Tube yesterday – got to it from one of my favorite science blogs.
This is amazing to me for a couple of reasons. First off, it’s not just the work of laying out all the dominoes. You don’t just come in one morning and start randomly setting up dominoes. Something of this complexity needs to be mapped out ahead of time and I means seriously mapped out. You have to know exactly how much space you need, you need to know how much time it takes for domino trails to fall, you need to know how many of each color, you need to know how to set them up so you know what they’ll look like when they fall down… a pretty long list.
But I think one of the most amazing things is that you don’t really get to test this. It took a team of 19 individuals from around the world a week to get it all set up. There is no test-run. You pull the first string and then you hold your breath for the 12 minutes it takes. You really have to have confidence in your abilities to take part in something like this. I’m not sure I have enough obsession or emotional strength for it!
What feat of engineering do you admire?