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25 March, 2004

How high?

As part of an occasional series of articles promoting the role of physics in everyday life, the Institute of Physics has published a formula to calculate the maximum height of heel women can wear without (severe) discomfort or instability.

Okay, it's pseudo-science, but gratifying to see science popularised occasionally, in a way that might catch the attention of adults with negligible interest in 'hard' science.  It's fairly common to direct such stories at school children or adults with a scientific predisposition, but this reaches further.

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