The Annals of Improbable ResearchBook - 2002
A sidesplitting compendium that pays tribute to those individuals whose scientific achievements cannot or should not be reproduced. Everyone knows about the Nobel Prizes, those prestigious awards that recognize the world's most talented and innovative minds. Unfortunately, not all of the hopeful thinkers and academics around the globe can become Nobel Laureates, but some are lucky enough to win the esteemed Ig Nobel Prizeinstead. Their unbelievable accomplishments are now documented in glorious detail in The Ig Nobel Prizes: The Annals of Improbable Research. Drawn from the world's wackiest actual scientific research, The Ig Nobel Prizesdemonstrates the extreme measures people will take in the quest for knowledge. Recent Ig Nobel honorees include: * The professor who won the Ig Nobel Prize in Physics for a study proving that toast falls buttered side down more often. * The Southern Baptist Church of Alabama, which won the Ig Nobel Prize in Mathematics for devising a formula to determine how many Alabamans will go to Hell. * The Australian man who successfully patented the wheel, and the Australian Patent Office that granted it. For this act, they were jointly awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in Technology. This hilarious book features these endeavors and many more, along with photographs from the annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremonies at Harvard University. An entertaining exhibition of brains and determination, The Ig Nobel Prizesis the ideal gift for anyone who first wants to laugh and then wants to think.