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Pages: 320
Subject: Popular Science
Imprint: Oneworld

This is Improbable

Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens and Other WTF Research

Marc Abrahams

The Guardian’s weekly “Improbable” columnist and founder of the internationally renowned, very funny, and invariably profound Ig Nobel Awards tours some of the most improbable research studies in the world.
9781851689750 (7 Mar 2013)
RRP £8.99 / US$15.95

The Book

Marc Abrahams, the mind behind the internationally renowned Ig Nobel Prizes, is on a mission: to gather the bizarre, the questionable, the brilliant, the downright funny, the profound – everything improbable – from the annals of science research.


What’s the best way to slice a ham sandwich, mathematically?

What makes Bobs look especially Bob-like?

Is the right or left ear better at discerning lies?

Could mice be outfitted with parachutes to kill tree snakes?

Additional Information

Subject Popular Science
Pages 320
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Marc Abrahams is the editor and co-founder of the science humour magazine Annals of Improbable Research and a weekly columnist for the Guardian. He is the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, which honour achievements that make people laugh, and then think, and which are presented in an annual ceremony at Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, Robin.


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

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