Marc Abrahams is the editor of the science humour magazine Annals of Improbable Research and the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, which honour bizarre, questionable, and downright funny scientific research and are presented at an annual ceremony at Harvard University. Abrahams and the Ig Nobel have been widely covered, including by the Guardian, the New York Times, New Scientist, Scientific American, and newspapers and TV programmes internationally. The author of The Ig Nobel Prizes, published in 2002, Abrahams writes a weekly column for the Guardian. He lives in Massachusetts.
Books by Marc Abrahams
Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens, and Other WTF Research
Marc Abrahams, the founder of the famous Ig Nobel Prize, offers an addictive, wryly funny exposé of the oddest, most imaginative, and just plain improbable research from around the world. He looks into why books on ethics are more likely to get stolen and how promoting people randomly improves their work, to what time of month generates higher tips for Vegas lap dancers and how mice were outfitted with parachutes to find a better way to murder tree snakes in Guam.
Abrahams' tour through these unlikeliest investigations of animals, plants, and minerals (including humans) will first make you laugh, then make you think about the globe in a new way.
"The founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes exposes the most bonkers research projects from around the globe: from what time of the month generates the highest tips for Vegas lap dancers, to the best way to slice a ham. Utterly hilarious."
"Delightful… The economics of piracy, the lavatory habits of Antarctic researchers and the anti-skid benefits of wearing socks over shoes – all are described in glorious detail."
"After reading this hilarious book, you'll never look at scientists in the same way again."
Terry Jones, Monty Python
"Wonderful! The definitive compendium of quirky, jaw-dropping research"
Richard Wiseman, bestselling author of :59 Seconds
"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 and James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke University