A domino is a small rectangular block with an arrangement of spots, or “pips,” on one side. Dominoes are used in a variety of games, often to create long lines of domino pieces that can be knocked over by another domino. A typical set has 28 tiles, but larger sets can be found. Dominoes may be made of various materials, including bone, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (mother of pearl), ivory, or a dark hardwood such as ebony. They also come in different shapes and colors, such as square, round, or rectangular.
Most dominoes have a unique marking that distinguishes them from other types of dominoes. The domino’s identity-bearing face is marked with an arrangement of dots or pips that correspond to the numbers on a die. Each domino is usually twice as long as it is wide, which makes it easier to re-stack the pieces after use. Each domino is also assigned a suit, which defines its value based on the number of pips on either end. A single tile can belong to two suits, and it may have blank or identically patterned sides, depending on the game.
When a domino is flipped, most of its potential energy is converted to kinetic energy, the energy that drives it to fall. This energy is transmitted to the next domino, which in turn pushes it down, and the process continues until all the dominoes have fallen.
Lily Hevesh began playing with dominoes when she was 9 years old, and soon started creating her own domino setups. She eventually gained a following on YouTube, where she now posts videos of her impressive domino artwork. She has even created domino setups for films, TV shows, and events, such as the album launch of Katy Perry.
Hevesh’s impressive creations require careful planning and precision to ensure the dominoes are positioned properly. She creates a prototype of each domino section before she begins to put it together. She then tests each section in slow motion, adjusting the pieces if needed until they work perfectly. She then moves on to the bigger 3-D sections, followed by flat arrangements and finally lines of dominoes that connect all the sections together.
The domino effect refers to the idea that if you change one behavior, it will automatically lead to a change in other behaviors. For example, if you start exercising regularly, you will likely want to eat healthier as a result. This concept is sometimes used in business and leadership to encourage employees to adopt healthy habits.
The domino theory was popularized by historian Victor Cha in his book “The Art of War and Diplomacy.” The theory suggests that a country forges alliances with other countries to gain control of their territory and foster material or political dependency. For example, Cha argues that the United States forged bilateral alliances with countries in East Asia to “stabilize” or “mobilize” them. He argues that the strategy allowed the United States to gain an advantage over China in the region.