Sex As a Heap of Malfunctioning Rubble: More of the Best of the Journal of Irreproducible Results

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THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS OF INCONCLUSIVE INVESTIGATIONS AND OBSCURE NONFINDINGS

For nearly four decades, the wackier writings of Nobel laureates, doctors, biologists, mathematicians, astrophysicists, clinical psychologists, and assorted Ph.D.s have been faithfully recorded in the Journal of Irreproducible Results, the only scientific journal with a sense of humor. Articles featured in More of the Best of the Journal include:

"FELINE REACTIONS TO BEARDED MEN"

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THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS OF INCONCLUSIVE INVESTIGATIONS AND OBSCURE NONFINDINGS

For nearly four decades, the wackier writings of Nobel laureates, doctors, biologists, mathematicians, astrophysicists, clinical psychologists, and assorted Ph.D.s have been faithfully recorded in the Journal of Irreproducible Results, the only scientific journal with a sense of humor. Articles featured in More of the Best of the Journal include:

"FELINE REACTIONS TO BEARDED MEN"

. . . with its startling discovery that 26% of cats exposed to a photograph of Robert Bork's beard suffered paralysis of the legs and body, while 31% showed other types of severe distress.

"SURVIVAL STRATEGIES AMONG ANIMAL CRACKERS"

. . . and its helpful suggestions to the cookie manufacturer on how to separate predators from prey.

"PATTERNS OF LIMB RETENTION IN HELLENIC STATUARY"

. . . and its intriguing findings on the connection between the lack of arms on ancient Greek statues and the overabundance of arms on Hindu statues.

"TITULAR DOMINANCE IN 'I LOVE LUCY'"

. . . which yields the dramatic theory that by 1957 not only had American females usurped males as dominant members of society, but that men were even losing prominence to children.

"A BRIEFER HISTORY OF TIME"

. . . Bang!

Praise for the first collection of The Best of the Journal of Irreproducible Results:

"Who says scientists don't have a sense of humor?"

(Washington Post Book World)

"A most enjoyable book."

(People)

"Is it funny? The answer is yes."

(Discover)

"This frothy paperback is scarcely designed to enhance the expertise of members of our profession. . . but would not make the least substantial addition to a technical library."

(Journal of the American Chemical Society)

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PURCHASERS:

The Entire Physical Universe, Including This Book, May One Day Collapse Back Into an Infinitesimally Small Space. Should Another Universe Subsequently Reemerge, the Existence of This Book in That Universe Cannot Be Guaranteed.

Further improbabilities from the parody magazine written by eminent members of the scientific and medical community. Here are 150 startling new discoveries--from the role Jello-O played in the extinction of dinosaurs to a proposal to save the Grand Canyon by filling it with styrofoam piffles. Photographs and illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563053122
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/9/1993
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 10.93 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction and Apology

The Beginnings of JIR

CHAPTER 1: The Secrets of the Universe

A Briefer History of Time

Heaviest Element Discovered

The Black Hole of Calcutta

A Call for More Scientific Truth in Product Warning Labels

Nobel Thoughts: Sheldon Lee Glashow

Scientific Gossip

CHAPTER 2: Science Art Controversies

Flashbulb photography at Niagara Falls

The Mappeltree Science Art Controversy

Architectural Squaring

Utility of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Philately

Elegant Results

CHAPTER 3: Food and Its Habits

A Decade of Burnt Food

Survival Strategies Among Animal Crackers

Multivariate Analysis of Spaghetti Sauce Stains

Nobel Thoughts: Fred Robbins

A Refined Econometric Analysis of Wine

Distribution of Denny's Restaurants in the Continental United States

Fractal Breakfast Cereal: A Chaotic Dynamic System Fortified with Eight Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Cooking With Potential Energy

Scientific Gossip

CHAPTER 4: Teachers vs. Education

Positive Reinforcement of Positive Reinforcement: Just Say Yes

Technology Update

Peculiar Relationships Between Authors and the Subjects of Their Studies

Nobel Thoughts: Henry Kendall

The Relationship Between Surname Initials and Academic Success or Why Was Aabel Appointed Professor?

In Memoriam: Dr. Elrod Hibbird

Technology Update

The Evolution of College Textbooks

In Memoriam: Raul de Womynn

How to Make a Scientific Lecture Unbearable

Elegant Results

CHAPTER 5: The Unbearable Coolness of Fusion

Tabletop Fusion

Lukewarm Fission

Newsmaker Interview: Martin Fleischmann

Scientific Gossip

CHAPTER 6: Numbers and Their Ilk

Proofreaders' Update January 1991: The Four-Color Map Theorem

An Experimental Determinations of the Natural Base of Logarithms

Simplified Mathematics

The Touring Machine

The Significance of the Number 17 to Mathematicians of My Generation

Sweet Seventeen

Messages Found Encoded in the Digits of Pi

The Binary Abacus

Elegant Results

CHAPTER 7: Human Nature in the Wild

Titular Dominance in I Love Lucy

In Memoriam: Death of the One-Minute Manager

Nonconformists: The 10% Rule

Nobel Thoughts: Eric Chivian

In Memoriam: Accusations Haunt The Legacy of Dr. Bruttelheim

CHAPTER 8: History and Its Future

Patterns of Limb Retention in Hellenic Statuary

Reducing History to Numbers

Preserving the Grand Canyon: Final Report

Abraham Lincoln's Mustache

Scientific Gossip

CHAPTER 9: The Sky and Its Neighbors

Astronomy: An Original Abridgement-Special Book Excerpt

Hubble Telescope Image of Mars Reveals Ringed Planet

The Man Who Saved Pluto

CHAPTER 10: Fishes, Frogs, and the Pacific Nauga

The Effects of Anabolic Steroids on Northern Grass Frogs

Experimental Evidence Against the Evolution of Terrestrial Tetrapods from Fish

The Pacific Nauga: An Endangered Species

Seasonal Variation in Nocturnal Occurrence of Felis Domesticus

Sauropods and the Origin of Flight

Elegant Results

CHAPTER 11: Biological Insights

Aging: A Contagious Disease

Logarithmic and Arhythmic Expression of a Physiological Function

Buttock-Dimpling in Middle-Aged Women: A Cross Cultural Study

The AH Gene: Implications for Genetic Counseling

CHAPTER 12: Hair and Universal Understanding

Feline Reactions to Bearded Men

Technology Update

Baldness and Hydrofriction

Technology Update

Scientific Gossip

CHAPTER 13: Sneaking Up on Cancer

The True Face of a Cancer Cell

How to Find the Cure for Cancer

Sunlight Can Prevent Skin Cancer

Holistic Diagnosis: Rabies and Cancer

CHAPTER 14: Medical Wonders

Infectious Diseases in Bricks

The Effects of Centrifugation on Hip Replacement Patients

Cakus Chocolatus and the Treatment of Disease

Odd Requests for Radiography

Nobel Thoughts: Sir John Kendrew

Visual Cortex Impairment Test

Visual/Cognitive Proclivities Test

More About Zippers

Elegant Results

CHAPTER 15: Overly Stimulating Research

The Glass and Spleen Explosions

A Field Expedient for Measuring Ambient Temperature

CHAPTER 16: The Other Nobel

No Deaths at First Ig Nobel Ceremony

Ten Honored at Second First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

Information for Contributors and Subscription Form

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