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Download Epub Format ↠´ This Is Improbable: Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens, and Other WTF Research PDF by ↠´ Marc Abrahams To think that serious research was done and most likely continues to be done on the topics outlined in this book just boggles the mind Fortunately, the author has such a way with words that reading about these works is an absolute pleasure, which would not likely be the case if one were to read the original papers On average, each work of research is described in just one to two pages These are grouped into twelve chapters, each of which has its own particular topical slant.
Once again, this book s most important feature, in my view, is the author s continuous tongue in cheek and often absolutely hilarious summaries of the research His careful choice of words to suit each topic is absolutely priceless Despite the fact that I found some of the research summaries to be rather uninteresting, in many of the other cases I laughed to the point of having tears in my eyes And it s mainly for these many prize winners that I gave this book a perfect score.
All in all, because the author has ensured that the book is devoid of specialized jargon unless included for effect anyone looking for laughs can enjoy this book tremendously, while, as a bonus, learn about how some hard earned research money is being spent.
Improbable Alan Dundes studierte unangenehme Witze und die Menschen, die sie erz hlen Seine Studie von 1979 The Dead Baby Joke Cycle in der Zeitschrift Western Folklore kam zu dem Schluss Dead Baby Witze sind nichts f r Zartbesaitete oder schwache Nerven Unglaublich oder unwahrscheinlich, dass ein Wissenschaftler zu diesem Ergebnis kam oder dass er sich die Frage berhaupt gestellt hat Wissenschaft, die die Welt unbedingt ben tigt, in einem Buch zusammengefasst.
A collection of weird scientific works, described with a good dose of humor What I did not like is the presence of works that are clearly not scientific enough, together with works that are weird but scientifically sound I would have also liked to have deeper discussions on why certain works can be very interesting in spite of the first impression they give In summary, I would have liked a shorter selection, but in depth.
To think that serious research was done and most likely continues to be done on the topics outlined in this book just boggles the mind Fortunately, the author has such a way with words that reading about these works is an absolute pleasure, which would not likely be the case if one were to read the original papers On average, each work of research is described in just one to two pages These are grouped into twelve chapters, each of which has its own particular topical slant.
Once again, this book s most important feature, in my view, is the author s continuous tongue in cheek and often absolutely hilarious summaries of the research His careful choice of words to suit each topic is absolutely priceless Despite the fact that I found some of the research summaries to be rather uninteresting, in many of the other cases I laughed to the point of having tears in my eyes And it s mainly for these many prize winners that I gave this book a perfect score.
All in all, because the author has ensured that the book is devoid of specialized jargon unless included for effect anyone looking for laughs can enjoy this book tremendously, while, as a bonus, learn about how some hard earned research money is being spent.
Improbable Alan Dundes studierte unangenehme Witze und die Menschen, die sie erz hlen Seine Studie von 1979 The Dead Baby Joke Cycle in der Zeitschrift Western Folklore kam zu dem Schluss Dead Baby Witze sind nichts f r Zartbesaitete oder schwache Nerven Unglaublich oder unwahrscheinlich, dass ein Wissenschaftler zu diesem Ergebnis kam oder dass er sich die Frage berhaupt gestellt hat Wissenschaft, die die Welt unbedingt ben tigt, in einem Buch zusammengefasst.
A collection of weird scientific works, described with a good dose of humor What I did not like is the presence of works that are clearly not scientific enough, together with works that are weird but scientifically sound I would have also liked to have deeper discussions on why certain works can be very interesting in spite of the first impression they give In summary, I would have liked a shorter selection, but in depth.
This is another best of collection, and if you re a subscriber to AIR Annals of Improbable Research and or the JIR Journal of Irreproducible Results this will appeal to your sense of humor.
The entries are written by those in the sciences, and range from tongue in cheek parodies, to listings of real, but absurd research projects and papers in their terms, WTF research It s got a very high nerd factor, but for those in the fields, or with reasonable scientific literacy, it s a gas You can get an idea of the contents by checking out improbable.
com or the IgNoble Prizes.
For those with an ocd like need to know and my recollection may be fuzzy , the enterprise was a spinoff from the Worm Runners Digest of the 1960 s which morphed into the JIR There were some publishing copyright hassles, and Mark Abrahams left JIR to found AIR By some sort of magic, or whatever, it seems he s now editor of both Huh Highly recommended for a select audience.
This is Improbable Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens and Other WTF Research This is a very well written and rather fun little book about what might be described as stranger but true research If, like me, you ve been struggling to get funded for research, and getting it published for that necessary publish or perish mentality of academia , you ll be consoled Despite your self doubts about your research yes, you have them , criticisms from grant review and funding committees, journal editorial boards, and maybe even your colleagues, you ll get a chuckle out of the absolute CRAP that gets passed off as important research and actually gets published usually in junk journals If Senator McGovern and his Golden Fleece awards were still around, most of the stuff described in this little tome would top the list for their Ignobility Most of the studies were conducted either long ago or, often, not in the US at least not at major research centers , so you can take some solace I surely hope that your hard earned taxpayer dollars didn t fund this garbage.
The author frequently uses puns, and although they re often considered the lowest form of humor they really add to this book To add to the readability of this book, the descriptions of so called research are short and to the point and include citations to the publication sources, just in case you think the author is making this ridiculous stuff up , so if you need a short break from work you can pick up the book, read just a few pages if you like, put it down, and then start reading again anywhere you want.
The purchase price of the book is small in comparison with the chuckles you ll get, the head shakes of disbelief, and perhaps even the firm knowledge and consolation that there s a hell of a lot of research going on that s worse than your own.
Often, thinking seriously about outlandish problems is the only way to make progress in science The rest of the time, it s hilarious Marc Abrahams, the founder of the famous Ig Nobel prizes, offers an addictive, wryly funny expose of the oddest, most imaginative, and just plain improbable research from around the world He looks into why books on ethics are likely to get stolen and how randomly promoting people rather than doing it based on merit improves their work He alsoshares the findings of weird experiments, from whether Vegas lap dancers earn higher tips at a certain time of the month to how mice were once outfitted with parachutes to find a better way to murder tree snakes Abrahams tour through this strangest of strange science will first make you laugh, and then make you think about your world in a completely new way Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel prize, offers an addictive, wryly funny expose of the most improbable research from around the world, from why one psychologist insisted it was better to promote people randomly to whether Vegas lap dancers get higher tips at certain times of the month As you travel from the bizarre to the profound, Abrahams will make you laugh, and then think about the world in a completely new way Often, thinking seriously about outlandish problems is the only way to make progress in science The rest of the time, it s hilarious Marc Abrahams, the founder of the famous Ig Nobel prizes, offers an addictive, wryly funny expose of the oddest, most imaginative, and just plain improbable research from around the world He looks into why books on ethics are likely to get stolen and how randomly promoting people rather than doing it based on merit improves their work He alsoshares the findings of weird experiments, from whether Vegas lap dancers earn higher tips at a certain time of the month to how mice were once outfitted with parachutes to find a better way to murder tree snakes Abrahams tour through this strangest of strange science will first make you laugh, and then make you think about your world in a completely new way Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel prize, offers an addictive, wryly funny expose of the most improbable research from around the world, from why one psychologist insisted it was better to promote people randomly to whether Vegas lap dancers get higher tips at certain times of the month As you travel from the bizarre to the profound, Abrahams will make you laugh, and then think about the world in a completely new way.
If you, or someone you re buying a gift for, loves science, this is a great book It s intelligent, interesting, funny, and enjoyable My son loves science, physics, math, and all that is connected with that I got the book as a gift for him There are few books that make those topics fun yet savvy for someone who thinks in that realm It s a great read I even liked it If you are feeling down, dip into this book Personality tests for Scottish sheep Effects of horizontal who e body vibration on reading You will feel better after reading, and acquire cocktail party conversation at the same time.
Not really as funny or engaging as I had hoped, but that s of a style thing for me The author s voice just isn t very much like my own Still well written and a funny idea.


This is a very well written and rather fun little book about what might be described as stranger but true research If, like me, you ve been struggling to get funded for research, and getting it published for that necessary publish or perish mentality of academia , you ll be consoled Despite your self doubts about your research yes, you have them , criticisms from grant review and funding committees, journal editorial boards, and maybe even your colleagues, you ll get a chuckle out of the absolute CRAP that gets passed off as important research and actually gets published usually in junk journals If Senator McGovern and his Golden Fleece awards were still around, most of the stuff described in this little tome would top the list for their Ignobility Most of the studies were conducted either long ago or, often, not in the US at least not at major research centers , so you can take some solace I surely hope that your hard earned taxpayer dollars didn t fund this garbage.
The author frequently uses puns, and although they re often considered the lowest form of humor they really add to this book To add to the readability of this book, the descriptions of so called research are short and to the point and include citations to the publication sources, just in case you think the author is making this ridiculous stuff up , so if you need a short break from work you can pick up the book, read just a few pages if you like, put it down, and then start reading again anywhere you want.
The purchase price of the book is small in comparison with the chuckles you ll get, the head shakes of disbelief, and perhaps even the firm knowledge and consolation that there s a hell of a lot of research going on that s worse than your own.
This is another best of collection, and if you re a subscriber to AIR Annals of Improbable Research and or the JIR Journal of Irreproducible Results this will appeal to your sense of humor.
The entries are written by those in the sciences, and range from tongue in cheek parodies, to listings of real, but absurd research projects and papers in their terms, WTF research It s got a very high nerd factor, but for those in the fields, or with reasonable scientific literacy, it s a gas You can get an idea of the contents by checking out improbable.
com or the IgNoble Prizes.
For those with an ocd like need to know and my recollection may be fuzzy , the enterprise was a spinoff from the Worm Runners Digest of the 1960 s which morphed into the JIR There were some publishing copyright hassles, and Mark Abrahams left JIR to found AIR By some sort of magic, or whatever, it seems he s now editor of both Huh Highly recommended for a select audience.
This is Improbable Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens and Other WTF Research If you, or someone you re buying a gift for, loves science, this is a great book It s intelligent, interesting, funny, and enjoyable My son loves science, physics, math, and all that is connected with that I got the book as a gift for him There are few books that make those topics fun yet savvy for someone who thinks in that realm It s a great read I even liked it If you are feeling down, dip into this book Personality tests for Scottish sheep Effects of horizontal who e body vibration on reading You will feel better after reading, and acquire cocktail party conversation at the same time.
Not really as funny or engaging as I had hoped, but that s of a style thing for me The author s voice just isn t very much like my own Still well written and a funny idea.