How High Can We Build?





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Published on Jun 3, 2012

What's the tallest THING we've ever built? How tall will we EVER be able to build?

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see two sunrises/sunsets and calculate the Earth's Radius: http://www.darylscience.com/downloads...

also HERE: http://www.astro.princeton.edu/~dns/t...

Tallest Structures TIMELINE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline...

Tallest list incorporating building/structure distinction: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...

falling person and terminal velocity: http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci...

KWTV, first radio mast taller than the Empire State Building: http://www.fybush.com/sites/2004/site...

radio mast collapse VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx4k9g...

Dubai and Burj Khalifa in fog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo3pY_...

Pictures of Burj Khalifa: http://www.owips.com/burj-khalifa/

Burj Khalifa and Ramadan: http://www.emirates247.com/news/emira...

Shuttle / ISS height: http://serc.carleton.edu/quantskills/...

Sunrise from orbit VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nF5RX...

XKCD Date Idea" http://blog.xkcd.com/2009/04/06/a-dat...

Space elevator: http://www.spaceward.org/ (be sure to enjoy the Conan Space Pirate Toy .gif)



Another possible way to make a super-tall structure: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_fo...

Comments • 21,921

Greasy King
If Muslims colonized another planet, which way would they turn to pray? Earth, as in up in the sky?
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Jay Bartgis
How vulnerable would a space elevator be to an airstrike or a terrorist attack?
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Maciek Flaga
I thought the limit of building was 256 blocks!
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9:59 me when I try to talk to girls
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If a space elevator fell over it would be so devistating
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Tengel Marker
When you realize that this video was named "how tall can we build" because he couldn't name it "how high can we get"
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Hugh Mungus
I just want him to explain something in less than 60 seconds.
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Won't the earth's spin rip it apart from the top.
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Breanna May
I'm a bit annoyed that you never mentioned the CN Tower.
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Top 10
Why couldn't they build Burj Khalifa on Mount Everest?
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