Scientist wins both IgNobel and Nobel prizes

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10 Responses to “Scientist wins both IgNobel and Nobel prizes”

  1. sergeirichard says:

    I was just wondering if anyone had ever achieved this feat!

  2. Jonathan Badger says:

    “The point: A friendly reminder that the IgNobel awards are not here to point fingers at the useless and foolish in science, but, rather, to draw attention to studies that sound funny, but often have some serious thought going on behind the guffaws.”

    Not exactly. Rather, some IgNobels go to legitimate science that seems amusing, others *are* slams. For example, this year’s economics prize is a dig at stockbrokers, and the chemistry one is a partial dig at BP.

    • kc0bbq says:

      On the other side is the bat fellatio paper. That paper doesn’t just seem amusing, it is. Legions of seventh graders applaud.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, and in the past they’ve given plenty of “awards” to practitioners of pseudo-science and research that seemed foolish and useless. In fact, I don’t recollect any of their earliest awards going to anyone doing “proper” science… their intentions with the awards have become quite muddled, unfortunately.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Andrew Geim is also probably the only Nobel prize winner to have authored a paper with a hamster (called Tisha).

  4. Anonymous says:

    And they were all 3 Dutch. That says a lot.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Small correction: He didn’t use a popular magnet toy to levitate that frog, but a 16 tesla superconducting magnet cooled with liquid helium and probably requiring over 100 amps to run it.
    http://www.ru.nl/hfml/research/levitation/diamagnetic/
    Sorry to disappoint you, kids. You can leave the frogs outside. And the Sumo ringer.

  6. seattle748 says:

    One small correction. According to the improbable.com website, Andre won the IgNobel award with Sir Michael Berry, not alone.

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