The Ig Nobel Prizes PDF ☆ The Ig ePUB ´

The Ig Nobel Prizes PDF ☆ The Ig ePUB ´

The Ig Nobel Prizes ➸ The Ig Nobel Prizes Free ➮ Author Marc Abrahams – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Every year the Nobel Prize is awarded to the good and the great the leaders in their respective and respected fields But what recognition is there for the brave scientific mind who attempted to feed P Every year the Nobel Prize is awarded to the good and the great the leaders in their respective and respected fields But The Ig ePUB ´ what recognition is there for the brave scientific mind who attempted to feed Prozac to clams for sexual purposes Where are the gongs for the genius who trained pigeons to discriminate between the paintings of Picasso and those of Monet Are there no plaudits for the inventor of Under Ease the charcoal filled underwear that removes bad smelling gases before they can escapeBased on the august surroundings of Harvard University The Ig Nobel Prizes have changed all that bestowing their awards on the individuals whose achievements 'cannot or should not be reproduced' And here from humour magazine the Annals of Improbable Research comes the story behind these awards the research the award winners themselves and their sometimes ungracious responsesWithin these pages discover the wonders of PawSense the groundbreaking computer software program capable of instantly informing you when a cat is walking across your keyboard Meet the man behind the landmark study of Murphy's Law who has found concrete evidence which proves that toast often falls butter side down And find all you could ever want to know about 'The Collapse of Toilets in Glasgow' and the optimal way to dunk a biscuitBizarre improbable and all for real Ig Nobel Prizes is a delightfully irrelevant look at the weirdest scientific research in the world.


10 thoughts on “The Ig Nobel Prizes

  1. Nicky Nicky says:

    I like reading popular science books that dig deep into something serious like genetics or something But a book that digs shallowly into something frivolous like the history and recipients of the Ig Nobel Prizes works just fine for me too It's light reading obviously and some of it is gross weird and pretty much all of it is just silly Which is probably what makes it so interestingMarc Abrahams is the founder of the awards so this isn't exactly an impartial look at the awards and I do like someone else's comment that the book tries too hard to make it seem like they don't take themselves seriously Yep It's all very ridiculousWhat makes it fun to me is that all of the research in this book has been genuinely carried out and some of it is surprisingly sensible when you learn about the rationale behind it


  2. pax pax says:

    Perfect bathroom book may not sound like an endorsement but it is very much meant as one


  3. Pat Schakelvoort Pat Schakelvoort says:

    Although I despise the kind of let's be brainy but try not to be edgy humor that is used That is not too overdone and it's readable for people like me The information is interesting and it doesn't go into patronizing the subjects


  4. Kristin Kristin says:

    I'm a science geek and I've seen on Yahoo and MSN over the years articles announcing the awarding of Ig Nobel Prizes for seemingly worthless or off the wall research Finding a whole book that provided the backstory of the awards plus their most notable recipients seemed right up my alley The book was good and there were many interesting chapters but I definitely got the feeling that the Ig Nobels try too hard to make it seem like they don't take themselves seriouslyUnlike the Nobel Prizes the Ig Nobels are not given to great advances in such fields as Chemistry Medicine etc but instead to research projects in many of those same fields that just don't uite lead to the furthering of the world as a whole These are fully funded and successful research projects but instead of trying to cure cancer these scientists are determining the effects of anti depressants on mollusks or why breakfast cereal gets soggy before the bowl can be finished Again not earth shattering researchThe entire first section of the book albeit just 15 pages long deals with the history of the Ig Nobels and all the 'clever' ways they make their awarding better than the real deal such as having a young girl decide when the speeches the winners give are too boring and cut them off While this might translate well in person to only get to read part of what the winner wanted to say then a statement that the rest was cut off by the child doesn't work so well in print In most cases there is no need for the girl as the winners of most of the prizes in the book are noted to have not been willing and or able to be present to accept the prizes which are all handed out by real Nobel Prize winners The ceremonies are usually discussed among the closing remarks of each project's chapter as if the author didn't want us to forget that while the scientists did the work the Ig Nobels gave them these awardsI think it's a cool concept and certainly better than reading endless scientific journals to find the peculiar studies that get published I'm just not sure the book was written as well as the articles I'd seen online and the main difference is that the articles online discussed the projects alone whereas the book was probably 75% projects and 25% awards fluff Something I could see a fellow science geek liking but not entertaining like the Darwin Awards books I've read enough for the general public


  5. Rogue Reader Rogue Reader says:

    A ridiculous book with touches of value for the time spent leafing through it I've had this book on my shelf for years and had to read it so that I could clear the shelf OkSo The Annals of Improbable ResearchThe Self Perfuming Business Suit was invented by a Korean man to conceal his nocturnal adventures from his wife he reveals himself by sweating and body odor In the same chapter Filter Euipped Underwear was invented by a man for his wife to manage her flatulenceIn the Food for Thought chapter notable were The Effects of Ale Garlic and Sour Cream on the Appetite of Leaches and The Sociology of Canadian Donut Shops Perhaps the most interesting was the Ig Nobel Consumer Engineering Prize awarded to Ron Popeil incessant inventor and perpetual pitchman of late night television for redefining the industrial revoluation with such devices as the Veg O Matic the Pocket Fisherman and others The whole family seems to be invention minded as another member invented the Chop O Matic Feuds over rights divided the family I confess one late night or early morning I did call an 800# and buy a Ro Ta To not invented by the Popeils that I know of which promptly failed after one use So I'm easily taken in by these devicesOh and The Evangelistic Index was pretty funny too a calculation by the Southern Baptist Church of Alabama to estimate how many people would be going to hell It was published in the September 5 1993 Birmingham News We must have been counted as we lived there during the census takingTotally weird book I have to say Now I can give it away Ashland Mystery


  6. Paul Paul says:

    This is a compilation of all the Ig Nobel prizes awarded to those inventors and scientists who are are the very fringes of research and experimentation and developmentThe blurb says it will make you laugh; and then make you think It didn't make me laugh very often but it did make me smile a few times There were a few favourites for example I didn't know that there was a British Standard for tea BS6008 and that learned men have developed euations for the correct length of time to dunk a biscuit Other have used magnets to levitate frogs and have perfected the techniue for getting the barbecue lit And too temperature In three secondsThere are some mad people out there and some of them are responsible for things and other people This book celebrates their achievements


  7. Joanna Joanna says:

    These are rather amusing kind of like The Darwin Awards of scientific experimentation You can find out a lot on their website at improbablecomig Some of the awards contain information that is a bit too gross disturbing or offensive so be careful One pretty crazy award for Medical Breakthroughs was awarded for Failure of Electric Shock Treatment for Rattlesnake Envenomation which involved a man being bit by his pet rattlesnake and then attached via spark plug clips attached to his lip to his car battery This is also where I learned of the existence of Stalin World a theme park in Lituania


  8. melydia melydia says:

    This is one seriously funny book Ig Nobel prizes are awarded to those who pursue and publish research that first makes you laugh then makes you think Actual Nobel Laureates present the awards and participate in the general shenanigans that take place during the annual ceremony Abrahams's descriptions of this selection of winners had me cracking up repeatedly It's hard to pick a favorite though I did particularly enjoy Levitating Crime Fighters and High Velocity Birth And yes as is repeatedly mentioned all of these experiments are real Definitely recommended


  9. Xanthi Xanthi says:

    This book was fun to read Loved the inclusion of photographs from the ceremonies All very tongue in cheek Pokes fun at scientists who although often do some important work sometimes spend their time and efforts on really trivial obscure and down right bizarre studies But it is not just the scientists that get poked at so too are politicians writers governments officials you name it I particularly liked the writing style Witty and clever


  10. Georgene Georgene says:

    This has been my Back of the Toilet book since last March 2012 Obviously I don't spend much time doing thatA funny book which has lead me to wonder just WHO is paying for all those weird little scientific studies that are mentioned in this bookI would definitely recommend this book if you happen to run across it My son gave it to me and he bought it for one WHOLE dollar


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10 thoughts on “The Ig Nobel Prizes

  1. Nicky Nicky says:

    I like reading popular science books that dig deep into something serious like genetics or something But a book that digs shallowly into something frivolous like the history and recipients of the Ig Nobel Prizes works just fine for me too It's light reading obviously and some of it is gross weird and pretty much all of it is just silly Which is probably what makes it so interestingMarc Abrahams is the founder of the awards so this isn't exactly an impartial look at the awards and I do like someone else's comment that the book tries too hard to make it seem like they don't take themselves seriously Yep It's all very ridiculousWhat makes it fun to me is that all of the research in this book has been genuinely carried out and some of it is surprisingly sensible when you learn about the rationale behind it

  2. pax pax says:

    Perfect bathroom book may not sound like an endorsement but it is very much meant as one

  3. Pat Schakelvoort Pat Schakelvoort says:

    Although I despise the kind of let's be brainy but try not to be edgy humor that is used That is not too overdone and it's readable for people like me The information is interesting and it doesn't go into patronizing the subjects

  4. Kristin Kristin says:

    I'm a science geek and I've seen on Yahoo and MSN over the years articles announcing the awarding of Ig Nobel Prizes for seemingly worthless or off the wall research Finding a whole book that provided the backstory of the awards plus their most notable recipients seemed right up my alley The book was good and there were many interesting chapters but I definitely got the feeling that the Ig Nobels try too hard to make it seem like they don't take themselves seriouslyUnlike the Nobel Prizes the Ig Nobels are not given to great advances in such fields as Chemistry Medicine etc but instead to research projects in many of those same fields that just don't uite lead to the furthering of the world as a whole These are fully funded and successful research projects but instead of trying to cure cancer these scientists are determining the effects of anti depressants on mollusks or why breakfast cereal gets soggy before the bowl can be finished Again not earth shattering researchThe entire first section of the book albeit just 15 pages long deals with the history of the Ig Nobels and all the 'clever' ways they make their awarding better than the real deal such as having a young girl decide when the speeches the winners give are too boring and cut them off While this might translate well in person to only get to read part of what the winner wanted to say then a statement that the rest was cut off by the child doesn't work so well in print In most cases there is no need for the girl as the winners of most of the prizes in the book are noted to have not been willing and or able to be present to accept the prizes which are all handed out by real Nobel Prize winners The ceremonies are usually discussed among the closing remarks of each project's chapter as if the author didn't want us to forget that while the scientists did the work the Ig Nobels gave them these awardsI think it's a cool concept and certainly better than reading endless scientific journals to find the peculiar studies that get published I'm just not sure the book was written as well as the articles I'd seen online and the main difference is that the articles online discussed the projects alone whereas the book was probably 75% projects and 25% awards fluff Something I could see a fellow science geek liking but not entertaining like the Darwin Awards books I've read enough for the general public

  5. Rogue Reader Rogue Reader says:

    A ridiculous book with touches of value for the time spent leafing through it I've had this book on my shelf for years and had to read it so that I could clear the shelf OkSo The Annals of Improbable ResearchThe Self Perfuming Business Suit was invented by a Korean man to conceal his nocturnal adventures from his wife he reveals himself by sweating and body odor In the same chapter Filter Euipped Underwear was invented by a man for his wife to manage her flatulenceIn the Food for Thought chapter notable were The Effects of Ale Garlic and Sour Cream on the Appetite of Leaches and The Sociology of Canadian Donut Shops Perhaps the most interesting was the Ig Nobel Consumer Engineering Prize awarded to Ron Popeil incessant inventor and perpetual pitchman of late night television for redefining the industrial revoluation with such devices as the Veg O Matic the Pocket Fisherman and others The whole family seems to be invention minded as another member invented the Chop O Matic Feuds over rights divided the family I confess one late night or early morning I did call an 800# and buy a Ro Ta To not invented by the Popeils that I know of which promptly failed after one use So I'm easily taken in by these devicesOh and The Evangelistic Index was pretty funny too a calculation by the Southern Baptist Church of Alabama to estimate how many people would be going to hell It was published in the September 5 1993 Birmingham News We must have been counted as we lived there during the census takingTotally weird book I have to say Now I can give it away Ashland Mystery

  6. Paul Paul says:

    This is a compilation of all the Ig Nobel prizes awarded to those inventors and scientists who are are the very fringes of research and experimentation and developmentThe blurb says it will make you laugh; and then make you think It didn't make me laugh very often but it did make me smile a few times There were a few favourites for example I didn't know that there was a British Standard for tea BS6008 and that learned men have developed euations for the correct length of time to dunk a biscuit Other have used magnets to levitate frogs and have perfected the techniue for getting the barbecue lit And too temperature In three secondsThere are some mad people out there and some of them are responsible for things and other people This book celebrates their achievements

  7. Joanna Joanna says:

    These are rather amusing kind of like The Darwin Awards of scientific experimentation You can find out a lot on their website at improbablecomig Some of the awards contain information that is a bit too gross disturbing or offensive so be careful One pretty crazy award for Medical Breakthroughs was awarded for Failure of Electric Shock Treatment for Rattlesnake Envenomation which involved a man being bit by his pet rattlesnake and then attached via spark plug clips attached to his lip to his car battery This is also where I learned of the existence of Stalin World a theme park in Lituania

  8. melydia melydia says:

    This is one seriously funny book Ig Nobel prizes are awarded to those who pursue and publish research that first makes you laugh then makes you think Actual Nobel Laureates present the awards and participate in the general shenanigans that take place during the annual ceremony Abrahams's descriptions of this selection of winners had me cracking up repeatedly It's hard to pick a favorite though I did particularly enjoy Levitating Crime Fighters and High Velocity Birth And yes as is repeatedly mentioned all of these experiments are real Definitely recommended

  9. Xanthi Xanthi says:

    This book was fun to read Loved the inclusion of photographs from the ceremonies All very tongue in cheek Pokes fun at scientists who although often do some important work sometimes spend their time and efforts on really trivial obscure and down right bizarre studies But it is not just the scientists that get poked at so too are politicians writers governments officials you name it I particularly liked the writing style Witty and clever

  10. Georgene Georgene says:

    This has been my Back of the Toilet book since last March 2012 Obviously I don't spend much time doing thatA funny book which has lead me to wonder just WHO is paying for all those weird little scientific studies that are mentioned in this bookI would definitely recommend this book if you happen to run across it My son gave it to me and he bought it for one WHOLE dollar

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