Domino is More Than Just a Game


Domino has been a popular game for generations. It’s easy to see why, with its simple rules and satisfying chain reaction. It’s also a good way to teach kids about science and math concepts such as order, measurement, timing, and probability.

A domino is a small rectangular wood or plastic block, marked with dots resembling dice. The word Domino comes from the Latin for “flip.” In games, dominoes are laid across a table or other surface, with each player placing his or her domino so that its open ends touch. A domino has potential energy, meaning that it can be pushed by other pieces but won’t move until a force is applied. When that force is applied, the potential energy converts to kinetic energy, or the energy of motion, which causes the domino to fall over and start the chain reaction.

The first player to complete a domino chain wins. Players can play dominoes in a variety of ways, including blocking and scoring games. In the Block game, a player begins with a set of dominoes and then draws them until he or she can no longer place any more tiles. When this happens, the player passes his or her turn to the next player. In the Draw game, players take fewer dominoes initially and then use them as needed to build a domino line.

In the early 1900s, about 60 percent of all the sugar in America passed through the Domino Sugar Refinery, a brick monolith squatting on the edge of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, Brooklyn. Today, the former factory and surrounding waterfront is getting a second act, with a sweeping redevelopment that’s transforming the neighborhood.

Lily Hevesh, who created the mind-blowing domino installations in this video, says she follows a version of an engineering-design process when creating her creations. She tests each section of a design on its own to make sure it works properly. Then she combines the separate sections into one massive installation. The bigger 3-D sections go up first, then flat arrangements, and finally lines of dominoes that connect the different areas together.

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The earliest sense of Domino, from the 1750s, denoted a long hooded cloak worn together with a mask during carnival season or at a masquerade. An even earlier sense of the word refers to a priest’s black domino contrasting with his white surplice. Eventually, the Domino name was transferred to the playing piece itself.