Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"The Height of Vanity," by Don Troop. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 9April 2004, page A8.

Scientists at the Institute of Physics in London have found a formula todetermine the maximum high heel height a person can wear before he or she tipsover. The formula is based on the Pythagorean Theorem, but also involvesquantities such as the number of years' experience the wearer has with highheels and the size of the shoe (in British measurement). Although the articleis brief, it does give the complete formula.

--- Mike Breen