The 10,000 Domino Computer

The 10,000 Domino Computer

Matt Parker and a team of Domino Computer Builders balanced over 10,000 dominoes in a carefully designed circuit. The result was a Domino Computer capable of automatically adding numbers. It can take any two four-digit binary numbers and return the five-digit binary sum.

It’s a computer, made of dominoes.

Watch the Numberphile where Matt explains more of the maths: http://youtu.be/lNuPy-r1GuQ
As well as the secret Numberphile bonus interview: http://youtu.be/rEw2hE8ZRlY

There are free worksheets and teaching resources about binary numbers and logic gates here:
http://think-maths.co.uk/downloads/domino-computer-worksheets

Computer design:
Matt Parker, Katie Steckles, Paul Taylor, Andrew Taylor, Siân Fryer

Builders:
Ben Curtis, Becky Smedley, Mike Bell, Blair Lavelle, Andrew Pontzen, Jonathan Sanderson, Elin Roberts, Chris Roberts, Ben Ashforth, Gillian Kiernan, David Julyan

Thanks to Marieke Navin, Natalie Ireland, Nicola Frost and everyone at the Museum of Science and Industry who made this possible. http://www.mosi.org.uk/

Huge thanks to Jonathan Sanderson at StoryCog for making the video. http://storycog.com/

50 Comments

  1. John Weber on January 22, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    The 16 was so close tho



  2. Scott Maday on January 22, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    19:27 Intel engineers explaining the delay of their 10 nm chips to their boss



  3. Leo179 on January 22, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    9 + 3 = 30



  4. Amritesh Ganiger on January 22, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    17:59 – 18:05 Who’s that devil kid? LMAO!



  5. forgedude on January 22, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    *Terminator 7 : Rise of The Domino*



  6. Caden vids on January 22, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    I can never see a domino different the same way again…



  7. Sandy J Renfroe on January 22, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    It was loads of fun, and educational too!



  8. Ryan on January 22, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    O/9!!!!! 20:23



  9. PeterJames Foote on January 22, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Sometime you should visit the MSI in Chicago, Illinois. Great video!



  10. William Biggs on January 22, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Next, Matt builds a domino computer simulator app for your Android! 🤗



  11. Derick Asamani on January 22, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    try clearing screen and doing another calculation



  12. Neuro Play on January 22, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Should have implemented EEC or something….



  13. Mike Holczer on January 22, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    On the recent episode of Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project (https://youtu.be/immZHfuXIws?t=1527) Mark Rober mentioned that his March 2020 video will likely me a robot that can setup a gym full of dominos overnight on its own. You should reach out to him to see if it the payoff could be gym sized domino computer.



  14. Martin Constantino-Bodin on January 22, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Very nice work to all the team! 😊

    It is a very nice calculator… but it’s not the slowest in the world. This one is slower: http://rubens.ens-lyon.fr/ 😊 (It’s also Turing complete: one does not need to rebuild the wires between two computations, which enables loops! 😀)



  15. Pat and Josh Wang on January 22, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Yeah.. I had an idea to do this



  16. Aziz Waheed on January 22, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    great smart team



  17. Joanne Lowery on January 22, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    With this fuzzy logic AI will reach singularity any day now.



  18. Digital Insan1ty on January 22, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    One domino accidentally quantum tunneled through to another row 20:13



  19. 치유가필요합니다 on January 22, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    07:51 classic Parker And Gate



  20. Traywor on January 22, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    There are questions… Big questions… One of them is: What would you do, if you would be a jedi? Mmhm?



  21. Miguel Sanchez on January 22, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Didn’t know Microsoft made dominos….



  22. Mark Thomson on January 22, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    15’50" "The number is 9 so we need an 8 and 1 …" Uh, why not just enter 9? "To enter 3 we need a 2 plus a 1…" AGain, why not just enter 3?



  23. Fact Sheet on January 22, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Don’t worry, we could just define 9+3 to equal 30 it’s all good 😊👍



  24. Richard S. on January 22, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Next build a gated latch!



  25. Hugo Nongbri on January 22, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    So this is what Emmanuel Macron was doing before becoming France president. ..😂



  26. Vita mortis careo on January 22, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    7:50 Parker AND gate
    9:18 Parker XOR gate



  27. Pat and Josh Wang on January 22, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Too hard



  28. unyeckenerd on January 22, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Can it run Sekiro though?



  29. brownmsoe on January 22, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    By adding protection walls, you should be able to eliminate "crossed" signals.



  30. Glizdka on January 22, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    So… that’s like the Parker Square of domino computers?



  31. PRABAL KALIA - IIITK on January 22, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Parker square of Dominoes



  32. Amritesh Ganiger on January 22, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    You should have told those audience that this is an encrypted answer .. Lol



  33. Omnia Bella on January 22, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    18:25 THE classic parker square



  34. Matthew Gough on January 22, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Launch at 17:52



  35. dasin6 on January 22, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    ive had something similar keep me up at night, minecraft redstone circuits anyone?



  36. Loren Pearson on January 22, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    That was fun to watch.



  37. tchevrier on January 22, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    very cool



  38. Minechaîne Antoinecraft on January 22, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    9+3=30



  39. OceanMan on January 22, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    CAN YOU PLEASE DO A PART 2!!!! PLEASE!!!!



  40. Luke Jaffee on January 22, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    I know understand how computers work and what the drawings of "and" and "or means" Slam Like & Subscribe!!!



  41. Thomas Bergel on January 22, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    It calculated 4+ 6…
    The answer was 8+2…
    That‘s a parker square of a calculator!



  42. Flips_Bad on January 22, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Now I’m sad



  43. Muumipappa on January 22, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    9+3 = 8+4



  44. skilz8098 on January 22, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Time to build a JK Master Slave Flip Flop!



  45. Ebony Rose on January 22, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    So cool… but there’s no way I could be a part of this, waaay too stressful lol



  46. Mao man on January 22, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    16:46 is by FAR the most stressful part of this video



  47. Some Guy on January 22, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    The setting up of dominos gave me like super anxiety



  48. XorDev on January 22, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    You called me?



  49. Sebbchen on January 22, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    maybe stone age people DID have computers…🤔



  50. Austin Bryan on January 22, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    So much anexity watching. Loved it though!