You Can Build A Computer Out Of Dominoes

You Can Build A Computer Out Of Dominoes

Chains of dominoes can be set up to represent logic gates and circuits, and are capable of "processing" information to give a result. Mathematician Matt Parker currently holds the record for domino computing, having built a computer out of more than 10,000 dominoes that successfully added binary numbers. The computer could take two 3-bit inputs and produce a 4-bit output, making it a 4-bit adder.


Key Facts In This Video

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    Watch a domino computer add together 4 and 6 to get 10: (2:55)

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    The curves and zig-zags in a domino computer are meant to delay a signal. (11:24)

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    Watch a domino computer attempt to add 3 and 9 to get 12: (17:32)

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