Tuesday, October 04, 2011

2011 Ig Nobel Prize

With a tag line of "Research that makes people LAUGH and then THINK" , these Ig Nobels are a bit funny, totally unrelated to Swedish Nobel's.

"Nature" Magazines quote they boast is "The Ig Nobel awards are arguably the highlight of the scientific calendar". They were anounced on Sept 29 th this year.

This year Highlights :

In Physchology : For trying to understand why, in everyday life, people sigh. (Ref: "Is a Sigh 'Just a Sigh?")

In Literature : For Thoery of Structured Procrastination. (Ref: "How to Procrastinate and Still Get Things Done")

In Mathematics : For many, who predicted that world would end, by so and so year... and hence, for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations.

And finally in my favourite !

Physics : For determining why discus throwers become dizzy, and why hammer throwers don't. (Ref: "Dizziness in Discus Throwers is Related to Motion Sickness Generated While Spinning" )

Stay tuned for update on 'REAL' Physics Nobel Prize !!

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