Dominoes are a kind of mathematical polygon, characterized by two equal-sized squares connected edge-to-edge. They are also known as bones, cards, men or pieces and have a number of different shapes. Dominos are normally twice as long as they are wide and may feature either a single or double value on each end (spots). Each tile has a number of pips, or values, from six down to none or blank. In domino games, players score points by counting the pips on opposing player’s tiles–although there are many rule variations. The first player to reach a certain target score, or the most points after a set number of rounds, wins.
The science behind a domino effect is actually quite fascinating. Physicist Lorne Whitehead has demonstrated that dominoes can actually knock over objects one-and-a-half times their size. This is because of a physical phenomenon called kinetic energy. When a domino falls, much of its potential energy converts to kinetic energy, which then transmits to the next domino and causes it to fall. This process continues until all the dominoes have fallen, creating a beautiful cascade of rhythmic motion.
Some people even use dominoes to create artistic displays. One such artist is Hevesh, who has created mind-blowing domino artworks that utilize the principles of physics. When she creates a domino setup, Hevesh starts by considering the purpose or theme of the installation. Then she brainstorms images or words that might help to convey this message.
She then selects the dominoes that will best achieve this goal, and then creates a blueprint of the entire layout. This is important because she needs to know how all the dominoes will fit together when they are finally set up and ready to fall.
After this, she begins to place the dominoes on the floor in a precise pattern. She can do this because she has carefully studied the laws of gravity and how they apply to dominoes. For instance, she knows that a domino that is set up in a circular formation will be more stable than one that is set up in a linear manner.
Once she has the layout in place, Hevesh will then let physics take over. She has worked on projects involving as many as 300,000 dominoes. Her largest installations are so complex that it can take several nail-biting minutes for all the dominoes to finally come crashing down. Hevesh says the most crucial element in her creative process is using the principle of gravity.
Domino’s Pizza has a very well-defined leadership structure, as exhibited by their CEO on the popular TV show “Undercover Boss.” When this executive visited one of the pizza company’s busy restaurants in Ypsilanti, Michigan, he made sure to listen to the concerns of employees and take their feedback seriously. This helped to strengthen the company’s culture and lead to greater success. This is one of the core values that Domino’s upholds, and it has been an extremely successful strategy.