Evolution of Complexes from LEGO™ Stones in a Washing Machine

The following is an article through the Annals of Improbable Research.

by Ingo Althö fer , Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Friedrich-Schiller University Ernst, Jena, Germany

This work has not been supported by the LEGO Group or any other brick toy company This work has not been subsidized by the Miele domestic appliance and machine manufacturing company. This function has not been supported by the artist Piet Mondrian.

Some people make use of their washing machine to clean LEGO stones. No surprise, it works. But more than just cleansing occurs. Typically during the washing procedure, some of the bricks join together arbitrarily, forming complexes.

I observed the phenomenon (see Determine 1), and became curiously addicted. I spent the next nineteen and a half weeks conducting many brick cleaning sessions.

I discovered several things about what can result from tumbling bricks in a washing machine:

(1) Some bricks randomly sign up for together, forming complexes.
(2) Sometimes some of the randomly formed complexes are beautiful.
(3) Sometimes some of the randomly formed complexes are usually scientifically and technically interesting.
(4) The phenomenon is not limited to LEGO bricks.
(5) Interesting complexes can form between bricks various companies.
And about design processes in general:
(6) In many circumstances adding some random elements might help.

Wonderful Random Complexes
The particular complex in Photo 2 is at the harvest of my 1st controlled LEGO washing run, specifically with these colors. Seeing it with the machine’ s bull’ s eyes I realized immediately: That is great artwork! That is Art Emiele! Explanation: our washing machine is a Miele™. Most of the gorgeous complexes are appealing because of their even (almost convex) shape. (This discovery has economic, not just scientific, value. I have made money by promoting unique items from the Art Emiele edition. )

Technically Interesting Random Complexes Brick Washing Links.


This short article is republished with permission from your March-April 2014 issue of the Annals of Improbable Study .

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