Thought for the month

“Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction the sign of truth.” Blaise Pascal, French mathematician and physicist (1623 – 62).

Thursday, 3 October 2013

And the winner is ...

Last month saw the announcement of the 2013 Ig Noble Prize winners. The awards are based on genuine, published, research. My favourites being the Psychology Prize (for confirming by experiment that people who think that they are drunk also think they are attractive) and the Probability Prize (for discovering that the longer a cow has been lying down the sooner it will stand up and that once a cow stands up, you cannot easily predict how soon that cow will lie down again). The latter being a triumph for the Scottish Agricultural College Research group.

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