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The IG Nobel Prizes: The Annals of Improbable Research.

MARK ABRAHAMS

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.
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