How Dominoes Work


A domino is a small rectangular block, about thumb-sized, that features two faces divided by an offset seam that each contain one to six pips or dots similar to those found on dice. A complete set of dominoes contains 28 pieces; their game involves matching ends of dominoes together and arranging them in lines or patterns similar to dice. Other names for individual pieces may include bones, tiles, cards, tickets or spinners. Also included with each domino set are rules for several related games like Bergen and Muggins where players empty out their hands while blocking opponents’ play – complete sets also include rules for several variants such as Bergen and Muggins that involve emptying hands while blocking opponents’ play from taking part.

We’ve all witnessed those beautiful domino setups that start to collapse after just the slightest tip from one piece, thanks to an amazing physical phenomenon called the Domino Effect.

As long as a domino stands upright, it possesses potential energy (stored energy in its position). When falling, however, this potential energy converts to kinetic energy as it hits another domino and sets off an ongoing chain reaction. According to physicist Stephen Morris, when dominoes start falling they convert energy stored as potential into kinetic energy that impacts on other dominoes further downstream causing chain reactions of dominos to fall with it creating chain reactions of dominoes crashing against each other creating chain reactions of dominoes colliding together causing dominoes to collide causing dominoes to collide against them and set off chain reactions among them as they descend physics professor Stephen Morris says “A domino has the potential to do anything you wish it does but once falling begins its energy is converted into kinetic energy as its momentum changes kinetic energy becomes tangible as its journey continues.”

Hevesh has created many breathtaking designs and holds the Guinness World Record for creating the largest single domino installation: 76,017 pieces laid down in a circular pattern. She follows a variation of engineering-design principles when creating new arrangements: she considers its purpose or theme, brainstorms images or words she might want to incorporate, then sketches out a domino layout diagram before beginning to build by placing dominoes where appropriate.

Once the dominoes have been laid out in an arrangement, additional tiles may be added as they become available. Most often a tile must be laid next to an open end domino for easy construction without running out of room; doubles must be placed crosswise across another tile in the chain in such a manner that both long ends straddle it.

Dominoes provide both entertainment and education. A typical Western domino game sees players draw for the lead before playing until either their hands are empty or they cannot make further moves; then the winner is determined by whoever owns dominoes with the lowest total pip count (if available). There are other types of domino games such as blocking and scoring too.

Fiction writers use scene dominoes as points to advance a story’s scenes, using them either to establish events in sequence or character motivation. A great writer knows how to balance high-action scenes with quieter ones of reflection and processing so as not to make their story drag (by too much navel-gazing or too fast of forward momentum) or too fast (without enough emotion and insight into character motivation).

Singapore Prize Winners Announced

At the Singapore Prize prize ceremony, winners in each category will receive cash and handcrafted trophies as part of their award package. They also get access to audiobook platform StoryTel for 12 months for free, plus they have an opportunity to win Readers’ Favourite awards where readers cast online votes to select their favourite book in Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil languages of the programme.

Visitors attending this event will get to witness how winning entries are created and learn more about its history and development. Winning entries will then be displayed at an exhibition held by the National Museum of Singapore from March 2023 until June 2020.

The winners were chosen from over 1,200 nominations and submissions made by members of the public, and selected five projects that are focused on solving issues like air pollution reduction, ocean cleaning initiatives, waste removal and climate support. Together these initiatives will receive S$2.3 Million in prize money as well as support from government to expand their projects globally.

Prize ceremonies will be conducted in the presence of professionals from a public accounting firm to ensure a fair process and that winners are fully entitled to their winnings. Typically, Toto and 4D draws take place on Mondays and Thursdays respectively while Singapore Sweep draws are conducted every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Professor Kishore Mahbubani, senior advisor (university and global relations) at NUS, told reporters there may be plans in the near future to broaden the category of works that qualify for the Singapore Prize. It might make sense to consider fictional works like movies or comic books that feature Singapore history as potential candidates for consideration for this award, said Prof Mahbubani. We hope to use the Singapore Prize as an indicator that any non-professional historian can write about Singapore!

Ms Hidayah won the 2021 prize with her book Leluhur: Singapore Kampong Gelam. She described it both as an amalgamation of history and primary source material from other writers as well as personal experiences.

Prince William of Britain will visit Singapore next week to announce the winners of his Earthshot Prize initiative, established with his Royal Foundation charity three years ago to encourage inventors to create technologies to combat climate change. As part of his trip, he will also meet local environmental groups working towards reforestation efforts or greener living initiatives in Singapore.