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The IgNobel Awards come to Scotland

The annual IgNobel awards, given at the Sanders theatre at Harvard University each year around the time of the Nobel Awards in , celebrate improbable science.  Unusual, sometimes weird but always fun, the IgNobel celebrates that, like true love, the path of science n’er runs straight.  As the creator of these awards Marc Abrahams often describes them “It is science that makes you laugh, and then makes you think”. 

Professor Richard Morris, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh , will be helping to introduce this unusual event that will help kick off national Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) week in the   The IgNobel tours have occurred throughout the world and met with great acclaim - and not a little bafflement!  “They show science in its true colours, it is not just that it can be fun, but it is fun” according to Professor Morris, though he admits to some trepidation about items that are promised to be part of this year’s show:

·        The Dutch "domino murder" victim sparrow

·        Courtship behaviour of ostriches toward humans under farming conditions in

·        How Executives Overcome the Fear of Reading Books

·        Feline reactions to bearded men

·        What happens in a locust brain when the locust watches "Star Wars"

·        The Great Intelligence Debate (in which each participant explains why he or she is the smartest person in )

·        The mini-opera "The Countess of Infinity"

 In Edinburgh, the show will be compered by the creator of the IgNobel Awards Marc Abrahams, and will feature Ig Nobel winners Pek Van Andel, Kees Moeliker, Charles Paxton, Claire Rind & Peter Simmons, Ben Wilson, and collaborators of winner Theo Gray, Max Whitby & Fiona Barclay.  It will include “The Great Intelligence Debate” in which members of the audience will have a chance to prove they are most intelligent person on the planet (or at least in the room) and some music will be provided by the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group singing / “The Count of Infinity”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       web site & blog: <http://www.improbable.com

       Ig Nobel Prizes: <http://www.improbable.com/ig/ig-top.html>

 

The Edinburgh show is co-sponsored by The Royal Society and by Edinburgh Neuroscience.

 

ã The University of Edinburgh

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