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Pages: 336
Subject: Popular Science, Humour
Imprint: Oneworld

This is Improbable Too

Synchronized Cows, Speedy Brain Extractors and More WTF Research

Marc Abrahams

The mind behind the infamous Ig Nobel Prizes presents an addictive collection of improbable research all about us - and you
Paperback
9781780743615 (6 Mar 2014)
RRP £8.99 / US$15.99

The Book

The mind behind the infamous Ig Nobel Prizes presents an addictive collection of improbable research all about us - and you

Marc Abrahams collects the odd, the imaginative and the brilliantly improbable. Here he turns to research on the ins and outs of the very improbable evolutionary innovation that is the human body (brain included):

• What's the best way to get a monkey to floss regularly?

• How much dandruff do Pakistani soldiers have?

• If you add an extra henchman to your bank-robbing gang, how much more money will you 'earn'?

• How many dimples will be found on the cheeks of 28,282 Greek children?

• Who is the Einstein of pork carcasses?

Additional Information

Subject Popular Science, Humour
Pages 336
Imprint Oneworld

About the Author

Marc Abrahams writes the 'Improbable Research' column for the Guardian and is the author of This Is Improbable. He is the founding editor of the science humour magazine Annals of Improbable Research and founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, which are presented at Harvard University each year. Abrahams and the Ig have been covered by the BBC, New Scientist, Daily Mail, Times, and numerous other outlets internationally. He lives in Massachusetts.

Reviews

"Rationalism taken to intoxicating extremes."

- Guardian

‘A detailed map of the most arcane byways down which members of the scientific community have travelled.'

- Independent on Sunday

‘Abrahams is doing vital work here… From this deeply improbable book, you will learn that male chess players take more risk in their play when they are playing attractive female opponents, and that British bank robbers don't make as much money as you might think.'

- Daily Mail

"Hilarious... You'll never look at scientists in the same way again."

 

- Terry Jones, Monty Python

"Science nerds and junkies unite! Your book has arrived."

- Reader's Digest

"Wonderful! The definitive compendium of quirky, jaw-dropping research."

- Richard Wiseman, author of :59 Seconds and Quirkology

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