Thought for the month

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.”

Napoleon Hill, American writer (1883-1970).

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Wonderfully improbable

Last month the Ig Nobel Prizes for 2010 were awarded (improbable.com/ig/winners/). I share with you my personal two favourites. The Physics Prize: L. Parkin et al, New Zealand Medical Journal. vol. 122, no, 1298, July 3, 2009, pp. 31-8. For demonstrating that, on icy footpaths in wintertime, people slip and fall less often if they wear socks on the outside of their shoes. The Management Prize: A. Pluchino et al, Physica A, vol. 389, no. 3, February 2010, pp. 467-72. For demonstrating mathematically that organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random.

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