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Is there a limit to how tall a human can grow?

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by ian60, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. ian60

    ian60 New commenter

    I was covering similar figures with a class and rather boldly stated that there was a sort of biological/mathematical limit to how tall a human can grow as there would come a point when the skeleton would not be able to support the bulk. I don't just mean obesity.
    Am I talking ***?
    I am sure I was reading somewhere about the mass and surface area not rising linearly with height, and the conseqences thereof
     
  2. ian60

    ian60 New commenter

    I was covering similar figures with a class and rather boldly stated that there was a sort of biological/mathematical limit to how tall a human can grow as there would come a point when the skeleton would not be able to support the bulk. I don't just mean obesity.
    Am I talking ***?
    I am sure I was reading somewhere about the mass and surface area not rising linearly with height, and the conseqences thereof
     
  3. humans can certainly grow beyond a height their skeleton can sustain and live disabled lives - is there a point where this disability becomes automatically fatal?
    nice topic for a friday morning [​IMG]
     
  4. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

  5. ian60

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