Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Irrepreducible Fun

Science is a serious venture. Like all profoundly serious ventures, it is subject to some rather amazing silliness.

The mission of The Journal of Irrepreducible Results is to highlight research that either can not, or should not, be repeated. This culminates, every year, with the awarding of the Ignoble Prize to those whose researches most precisely capture this ideal.

Sometimes the awards are for pseudo-scientific research but the best ones are for real scientific studies that are just plain silly, such as a paper titled "An Analysis of the Forces Required to Drag Sheep over Various Surfaces" and another which explored and explained the dynamics of hula-hooping.

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