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James' giant peach would actually need 2,425,907 seagulls

  1. Jan 8, 2013 #1
    I remember reading in Men of Math that Euler used to do stuff like this, like when he read about an anchor in the Aenid

    http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Leicester-University-study-disproves-Giant-Peach/story-17740735-detail/story.html [Broken]
     
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  3. Jan 8, 2013 #2
    I'm saddened that such an estimate was given to 7 significant figures. Fourth-year physics students should know better.
     
  4. Jan 8, 2013 #3
    I'm still wondering about the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.

    African or European?

    Aaarrghhhhh!




    I'll let myself out ..
     
  5. Jan 8, 2013 #4
    Maybe their calculation of a "small house" was small to today's standards, and not by 60s standards
     
  6. Jan 9, 2013 #5
    The Giant Peach idea was stolen from a popular Japanese legend.
     
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