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Who Said Science Can't Be Funny?

By Veronique AA Lapeyre on Thu 31 March 2011

Come discover the lighter side of science with Marc Abrahams, a man determined to make you laugh and then think…

Described by The Washington Post as "the nation's guru of academic grunge" Marc Abrahams is the celebrated editor and co-founder of the science magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR). It's packed with genuine, improbable and humorous research culled from more than 20,000 science, medical, technical and academic journals. He sums up his career philosophy as writing about research that makes people laugh, and makes them think.

In addition to editing AIR, Abrahams writes on a wide variety of science, technology, medical topics for a series of international newspapers and magazines such as The Guardian, Cómo Ves and The Harvard Business Review to name just a few. He is also the author of popular science books such as The Man Who Cloned Himself, Why Chickens Prefer Beautiful Humans and The Ig Nobel Prizes.

Abrahams is the father and master of ceremonies of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, which honours scientific achievements that make you giggle. The prizes are handed out by genuine Nobel Laureates at a fun and lively gala ceremony held each October at Harvard University. Each ceremony premiers a mini-opera based on aspects of science and mathmatics, for which Abrahams writes the librettos. You can watch a snippet of one of their amazing operas below…

You can join Abrahams as he discusses some unique research at Improbable Research:Make People Laugh, Then Think at The Jam House, Edinburgh on 17th April 2011, 7.30pm. Together with some Ig Nobel-winning scientists, Abrahams will talk you through how swearing relieves pain, why named cows give more milk…and lots more. Suitable for 18+

Or come along to Improbable After Dark immediately following Improbable Research at 9.30pm, for a darkly comic hour of scientific discovery. Find out what locusts think of Star Wars and why ostriches lust after humans along with some more controversial research not suitable for those of a sensitive disposition.

Both events are suitable for ages 18+ only.

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