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Re: Skin Surface Area and the Ig Nobels



On Mon, 7 Oct 2002 MKIRKALDY@aol.com wrote:
> rtravsky@uwyo.edu writes:
> 
> < I see where an Ig Nobel went to 
> http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99992879 >
> 
> The article was written by our very own Jeff Hecht.  
> 
> < Kannoth Sreekumar of Kerala Agricultural University in India earned the
> Ig Nobel mathematics prize for his paper Estimation of the total surface
> area in Indian Elephants. Sreekumar was able to derive equations to
> estimate elephantine surface area from measurements of a couple of body
> parts, vastly simplifying the problem. >
> Possibly through using a tooth and one strand of hair?  :-)

We have skin impressions, would that suffice?