Scaling Fallacy

The scaling fallacy is a tendency to assume that a system that works at one scale also works at a larger or smaller scale. Different scales bring with them a new set of challenges that require a new solution.

We often neglect to realize that when on object is scaled, the working stressors on the object do not change at same scale. Like this ant, object at small scales are pushed down upon by a minimal amount of gravity. At larger scale, the load of gravity is at full force. So it is a lot easier for a normal ant to carry 50 times its weight than it is for you and me.

by Christopher Jones