“Science is a method to keep yourself from kidding yourself”.
Edwin Land, scientist and inventor (1909-91)
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
You cannot be serious
The 26th Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded last month and remind us that humour, satire
and science do (occasionally) rub shoulders. A well deserved $10tn Zimbabwean
note went to those honoured. Worthy of special mention in this year’s crop of
winners include: a study on the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or
wool trousers on the sex life of rats, and for conducting similar tests with human males; and work assessing the perceived personalities of rocks, from a
sales and marketing perspective.