Domino effect. Conceptual computer artwork of a row of falling dominoes. This represents an effect known as the domino effect, where one event sets off a cascade of other events. A common example is the pebble that sets off an avalanche of snow. It is a useful concept in engineering, especially for considering the stability of a structure such as a building or bridge. If such a structure does not have multiple redundancy built into the system, it will be at risk of a small failure putting stress on other parts of the system. When these fail, the load is transferred to other parts and progressive collapse occurs. Some bridges have collapsed in this way following the snapping of a single bolt.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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