When Pigs Fly: Can it be done with magnetism?

Christopher Benjamin TARLING


A pig is capable of levitating in stable equilibrium under a sufficiently strong applied magnetic field. A model based on the relationship between magnetic force and gravity, when the net force is equal to zero, was used to determine the strength of a magnetic field when applied in one direction needed for levitation. For an average adult pig (0.75 m in height) this equates to a minimum magnetic field of 32.4 T. Whilst possible, it does not equate to natural flight.


Idiom; Biology; Physics; Magnetism; Mechanics; Diamagentism; Levitation; When pigs fly

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