Printer Friendly

The IG Nobel Prizes: The Annals of Improbable Research.


At the Ig Nobel ceremonies, held every year at Harvard University, individuals whose "achievements cannot or should not be reproduced" are honored. Actual Nobel laureates award the prizes to researchers whose work seems so absurd that it must not be true. Each accomplishment however, is in fact real and is deemed worthy by the editors of The Annals of Improbable Research, where Abrahams is editor in chief. In this enjoyable book, some of the more notable winners are documented, including the creators of a birthing machine that spins expectant mothers at a high speed, authors of a book explaining why people don't need to eat food, church leaders who devised a mathematical formula for determining the number of Alabama residents destined for hell, and scientists who deemed romantic love indistinguishable from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dutton, 2003, 240 p., b&w photos, hardcover, $18.95.
COPYRIGHT 2003 Science Service, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 27, 2003
Previous Article:A Brand-New Bird: How Two Amateur Scientists Created the First Genetically Engineered Animal.
Next Article:The New Brain: How the Modern Age is Rewiring Your Mind.

Related Articles
Watson leaves NIH genome post.
Publishing Fees in Academia.
A well-timed Nobel.
A Short History of Nearly Everything. Bill Bryson. 2003.
Haven, Kendall. Women at the edge of discovery; 40 true science adventures.
Weighing The Soul: Scientific Discovery from the Brilliant to the Bizarre.
Nerve Endings: The Discovery of the Synapse.
The Ig Nobel Prizes 2: An All-New Collection of the World's Unlikeliest Research.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters