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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 03:09 PM

How tall can a Lego tower get? (BBC)

By Ruth Alexander
BBC News

It's not just children who like to build towers with Lego - the internet is alive with discussion on how many Lego bricks, stacked one on top of the other, it would take to destroy the bottom brick. So what's the answer?

There has been a burning debate on the social news website Reddit.

It's a trivial question you might think, but one the Open University's engineering department has - at the request of the BBC's More or Less programme - fired up its labs to try to answer.

"It's an exciting thing to do because it's an entirely new question and new questions are always interesting," says Dr Ian Johnston, an applied mathematician and lecturer in engineering.

Looking on the internet, he expected to find the answer, but was surprised to find only a lot of speculation.

Perhaps that's because not everyone who has pondered the question has ready access to a hydraulic testing machine.



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more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20578627

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eppur_se_muova Dec 2012 OP
Gregorian Dec 2012 #1
Voice for Peace Dec 2012 #2
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sakabatou Dec 2012 #4
intaglio Dec 2012 #5
sakabatou Dec 2012 #6
krispos42 Dec 2012 #7
morningfog Dec 2012 #8

Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 03:21 PM

1. I saw that this morning. Guessed the answer to within 50 pounds.

What do I win?

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 03:43 PM

4. A Lego tower of Babel

That's what we need!

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:04 PM

5. Been done

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Response to intaglio (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:06 PM

6. But not on the scale of what this article is talking about

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:51 PM

7. Over two miles? Nice... n/t

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Response to krispos42 (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:59 PM

8. But that isn't the actual answer to the OP headline question.

A lego tower could never actually get that high, not by stacking one lego on top of the other. It would have the be a stronger design as to not tilt and fall.

They found out how many legos one lego could support, but not how tall a lego tower can be.

Cool article, either way.

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