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Size Matters

  • Season 1
  • 2 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

Hannah Fry takes a spectacular look at the science of size by imagining a parallel world in which everything is made bigger or smaller.

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Episode 1: Big Trouble

Summary

Hannah Fry presents the first of two documentaries in which she looks at the science of size. She begins by imagining what life on Earth would be like if the planet were much bigger than it already is, learning about the biggest ape to ever exist and imagining what a 15m tall human body would look like.

Review

Hannah Fry hosts a science-lite thought experiment, looking at how things in nature would work differently – or not at all – if they were a different size. Is bigger necessarily better?

She and her CGI technicians first imagine how life would be different if our planet were twice as big: a fighter pilot explains how we might adapt to a world of increased gravity. As for making living things larger, there’s a detour to meet a pair of twin brothers who grow 2000lb pumpkins and a neat explanation of how the square cube law (remember that from biology classes?) has affected the bodies of animals like elephants and the now extinct giant ape, Gigantopithecus.

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Credits

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PresenterHannah Fry

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DirectorMatthew Thompson
Executive producerJasper James

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  • Episode 1

    Big Trouble

    Summary

    Hannah Fry presents the first of two documentaries in which she looks at the science of size. She begins by imagining what life on Earth would be like if the planet were much bigger than it already is, learning about the biggest ape to ever exist and imagining what a 15m tall human body would look like.

    Review

    Hannah Fry hosts a science-lite thought experiment, looking at how things in nature would work differently – or not at all – if they were a different size. Is bigger necessarily better?

    She and her CGI technicians first imagine how life would be different if our planet were twice as big: a fighter pilot explains how we might adapt to a world of increased gravity. As for making living things larger, there’s a detour to meet a pair of twin brothers who grow 2000lb pumpkins and a neat explanation of how the square cube law (remember that from biology classes?) has affected the bodies of animals like elephants and the now extinct giant ape, Gigantopithecus.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterHannah Fry

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorMatthew Thompson
    Executive producerJasper James
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