The 2002 Ig Nobel Prizes

Winners of the Ig Nobel Prize were recently announced at a dinner held at Harvard. Some of the winners of this dubious prize.

PHYSICS
Arnd Leike of the University of Munich, for demonstrating that beer froth obeys the mathematical Law of Exponential Decay. [REFERENCE: “Demonstration of the Exponential Decay Law Using Beer Froth,” Arnd Leike, European Journal of Physics, vol. 23, January 2002, pp. 21-26.]

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MATHEMATICS
K.P. Sreekumar and the late G. Nirmalan of Kerala Agricultural University, India, for their analytical report “Estimation of the Total Surface Area in Indian Elephants.” [REFERENCE: “Estimation of the Total Surface Area in Indian Elephants (Elephas maximus indicus),” K.P. Sreekumar and G. Nirmalan, Veterinary Research Communications, vol. 14, no. 1, 1990, pp. 5-17.]

[My Favorite:]
MEDICINE
Chris McManus of University College London, for his excruciatingly balanced report, “Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture.” [PUBLISHED IN: Nature, vol. 259, February 5, 1976, p. 426.]

The Ig Nobel past winners page is hilarious, especially since all of these are well-referenced, real studies or products.

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