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The inventor asked for just a single grain of rice in the first square of the chessboard, two grains of rice in the second square, four in the third square, and so on, doubling the number of grains of rice for each of the 64 squares of the chessboard.
Doubling the number of grains of rice on each subsequent square of the chessboard led to big trouble for the emperor, because the 64th square required 264, or more than 18 quintillion, grains of rice.
The double, and the processes in which doubling becomes apparent or significant, are standard features of science fiction, action and horror cinema, from Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1957) to the Mantle twins in Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, 1987), from James Whale's inspired double casting of Elsa Lanchester in The Bride of Frankenstein (1931) to the reproduction of characters as computer simulations in The Matrix (the Wachowski Brothers, 1999).
Doubling in such films has been theorised through psychoanalytic interpretation, structuralist analysis and post-modern cultural theory--each of these interpretative frameworks adduces to doubling a significance beyond mere (simple) repetition, reading it in relation to psychological (repressions, identities), structural (intertextual, generic) or cultural (representational, simulational) functions.
Doubling in cinema can be understood in part as an indication of a desire to see repetition displayed on and before the self that desires.
Finally, there is within many of these texts a strange doubling of the slave and the enslaver.
Thus we see a sort of doubling in which an African American character, generally Bigger, becomes a double or stand-in for a white character, allowing the black character unconsciously to reenact and control a formerly uncontrollable situation.
Finally, instead of doubling only 50 to 60 times in lab dishes, cells from the clones divided around 90 times before becoming senescent.
That finding flies in the face of some famous modern choices, like having Theseus and Hippolyta double as Oberon and Titania, as in Brook, 1970 (Alan Howard and Sara Kestelman) or Caird (John Carlisle and Claire Higgins), a doubling that violates, among other things, "the law of re-entry.
King's findings, however, restrain him from doubling Boy and French Queen in Henry V or Weird Sister with Gentlewoman in Macbeth.
When grown in test tubes, cells usually stop doubling after a finite number of divisions and enter a state called senescence (SN: 1/3/98t p.
This doubling can be illustrated by flattening the cone after making a cut up the side from the distant point to the apex.