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    So, having just seen a story where invading aliens built a tower so tall it touched the sun...

    ...Within the upper bounds of physical possibility, how tall can a building be, theoretically?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegalith View Post
    So, having just seen a story where invading aliens built a tower so tall it touched the sun...

    ...Within the upper bounds of physical possibility, how tall can a building be, theoretically?
    Assuming measures are taken to prevent it from buckling under its own weight or somehow tipping over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegalith View Post
    So, having just seen a story where invading aliens built a tower so tall it touched the sun...

    ...Within the upper bounds of physical possibility, how tall can a building be, theoretically?
    Well it depends on how much you can get the base to hold, and how much of a building you need to qualify as a "building". I mean people are already talking about a Space Elevator up to HEO in Geo-Synch like it's doable, if everyone were willing to spend the time, effort, and most of all MONEY that would be required. But that's basically just a really long wire to space. If you're talking about an actual building that people could walk in or something, the biggest I heard of even being planned was three miles tall, and that never got off the blueprints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarBeyondC View Post
    You got a problem with carbon, forgotten one?
    Damn right I do! We need to transfer over to Silicon-based life already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forgotten Entity View Post
    Damn right I do! We need to transfer over to Silicon-based life already.
    Pffft, Silicon is too mainstream. All the cool kids are phosphorous-based these days.

    I hear the next big thing may be Boron though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegalith View Post
    So, having just seen a story where invading aliens built a tower so tall it touched the sun...

    ...Within the upper bounds of physical possibility, how tall can a building be, theoretically?
    Tall? it might not be very tall at all if the planet or plane the building is from is very close to the sun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mailedbypostman1 View Post
    Tall? it might not be very tall at all if the planet or plane the building is from is very close to the sun.
    No no no, it was a standard, Earth-based corporate tower.

    That happened to reach the Sun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegalith View Post
    No no no, it was a standard, Earth-based corporate tower.

    That happened to reach the Sun.
    Well to answer your question, a building may be as tall as the building materials, foundation, and laws of physics allow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mailedbypostman1 View Post
    Well to answer your question, a building may be as tall as the building materials, foundation, and laws of physics allow.
    Hmm.

    Well then, more interesting question: If an Omnipotent being creates an infinitely large dimension that is entirely "indoors", that is to say a n endless three-dimensional maze made up of rooms connected by doorways and stairwells, then it obviously won't collapse into a vast singularity due to having no central point to collapse in towards.

    That said, what would gravity be like there? I'm thinking there functionally wouldn't be very much due to the absence of a clear "Down", for much the same reasons as it not instantly imploding.
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    Like Phineus and Ferb, you'd run into the moon first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The MunchKING View Post
    Like Phineus and Ferb, you'd run into the moon first.
    Oh, Munch, while I remember just a heads-up: I've taken out a hit on the Universe you're currently in. You might want to skedaddle.
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    I imagine one race who could do such a thing are better off making Dyson spheres.

    I would think for such a insanely big tower, one would need lots of weird alloys, and gravity technology to keep it from breaking apart/falling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegalith View Post
    Oh, Munch, while I remember just a heads-up: I've taken out a hit on the Universe you're currently in. You might want to skedaddle.
    You're going to blow up Khazan?? But we have like 4 and a half thousand posts left!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The MunchKING View Post
    You're going to blow up Khazan?? But we have like 4 and a half thousand posts left!!
    Oh, you're not in Maelvolgia? Never mind then.
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    Nope Totally here. At least right now. Where's Maelvolga anyway?

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