Friday, January 2, 2015

The Capital-O of Stacking Blocks

It's 2015 for goodness sake.  Here's a new-to-me approach to an eerily familiar problem: how far over the edge of a table can a stack of identical frictionless blocks hang, as a function of the number of blocks?  The historic hegemony of harmonic hang-over makes way for a new order-of.  https://math.dartmouth.edu/~pw/papers/maxover.pdf

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