Here’s Why You Can’t Fold a Piece of Paper More Than Seven Times (VIDEO)

You probably learned in elementary school that there was a limit to the number of times a single piece of paper could be folded. And it was an important lesson in exponential growth. When you fold a piece of paper, each fold doubles the paper’s thickness. Soon enough, you end up not being able to fold it, anymore.

Starting with a single layer, you’ll quickly have two, then four, then, eight, then 16, then 32, the 64, and so on.

Since the fibers of the paper do not have enough flexibility to withstand another fold, you’re forced to stop. Even if you tried using a hydraulic press to get the paper to squeeze together, you’d end up with an unmanageable mess. Just check out the video above and you’ll see exactly what we mean.

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