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Titanic: what made it sink?

A perfect storm of fateful events conspired to cause the tragic sinking of the Titanic nearly a century ago, according to a study looking at the math and physics behind the tragedy.

Bound from Southampton to New York, the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11.40 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 1912, on her maiden voyage. Within three hours, she sank to a depth of about 13,000 feet and more than two-thirds of the 2,224 passengers and crew perished at sea.

"This is the real question of the Titanic mystery: how could a 46,000-ton ship sink so quickly?" science writer Richard Corfield wrote in the current issue of Physics World.

Click here for an analysis by Discovery News.