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This Is Improbable: Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens, and Other WTF Research

This Is Improbable: Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens, and Other WTF Research [Kindle Edition]

Marc Abrahams

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Delightful... a pleasure to read in the bathroom and in the bedroom, and the kind of book that makes you seem smarter when you share it with friends (just make sure you wash your hands first). --Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational


Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, offers an addictive,wryly funny expose of the oddest, most imaginative, and just plain improbable research from around the globe. He looks into why books on ethics are more likely to get stolen, the best way to slice a ham sandwich (mathematically), and what time of month generates highertips for Vegas lap dancers. Abrahams' tour through these unlikeliest investigations of animals, plants, and minerals (including humans) willfirst make you laugh, then make you think about the world in a new way.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing and Hilarious 28. Januar 2013
Von G. Poirier - Veröffentlicht auf
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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book! 26. Januar 2013
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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!
2.0 von 5 Sternen It's a fairly boring book. 24. Juli 2013
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Filled with short re-written accounts of published research. The author fits some humor in, but each account was so short it left me wondering what I had just read about, and most of it I didn't enjoy.
1.0 von 5 Sternen Not at all what I was expecting 14. April 2013
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There is no meat on this chicken. This is like reading headline news. Waste of time. I recommend not buying this book.
4.0 von 5 Sternen This is Improbable.... (no, it isn't!) 24. Januar 2013
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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, more 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.
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