Physics Of Giant Pumpkins

Pumpkins of the Atlantic Giant variety can weigh more than 1800 pounds. For a mechanical engineer with an interest in plus-sized fruit, like Georgia Tech’s David Hu, this raises an interesting physics question: how can the pumpkin get so big without breaking?


Additional footage, images: David L. Hu, Paul Richards, Alexander Alexeev Ryan Foss, Bill’s Big Pumpkins/ Quantum Petshop Documentary produced by Flora Lichtman

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About Flora Lichtman

Flora Lichtman is host of The Adaptors podcast and former SciFri multimedia producer in New York, New York.