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on 27 October 1997
Journalistic disclaimer: I am the 'TFD' on page 67, under 'Sleep Research Update'. If you have any sense of humour whatsoever, this book is for you. Having just returned from Cambridge (our fair city), where I led the Historians for Feynman and Tanna Tuva as Queen of Gravitation at this years' Ig Nobels, I can promise you no end of Cosmic Giggles. Possibly the only book in history with blurbs from the Car Talk guys, a Nobel Prize winner, and the most glorious Martin Gardiner. Parents of small children: listen up! You cannot afford to miss the classic 'Taxonomy of Barney', much less 'The Aerodynamics of Potato(e) Chips'. Too funny for words.
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on 30 June 1999
The Annals of Improbable Research is an institution by itself. A journal where Nobel Prize Winners amongst others write on the lighter side of science. Funny essays, stupid experiments, and completely non-sense conclusions, all of them scientifically backed up and explained. This Book collect some of the finest pearls that have appeared in the magazine and lets you wanting more. This book is the ultimate proof that your average Nobel Prize Winner can be a funny guy, and be able to laugh at himself and his work. Gives you a different (and funny) vision of science and scientists, by some of the best amongst them. A Definitive must buy if you are, even only remotly, linked to science, investigation, or technology. Your laughing source for when your experiment is going wrong at 3 a.m.
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on 8 August 2001
As a scientist I really enjoyed reading about the many funny quirks of scientific experimentation. Perhaps without such eccentricities there would be no innovations! Great book! If you enjoy such "behind-the-bench" humor, I think you might like another book, which appealed to me and my R&D colleagues. It is entitled, "MANAGEMENT BY VICE" and the author is an experienced scientist, thus the book is filled with loads of real-life hilarious situations which arise between scientists and their bungling managers in high-tech industry. It does take place in the US, but I'd bet such antics are globally applicable. I recommend it as an adjunct to the marvelous compilation of scientific follies in these annals.
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