Wouldn’t you like to see Mr. Improbable live and in person, and people like Dan Meyer, who can no longer be satisfied speaking Danish and feeding his wallaby? Of course you would! So get tickets to the 19th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, Thursday, October 1, 7:30pm at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University.
The Igs honor achievements that first make people laugh, then make them think. Ten winners are announced at the ceremony, where they are handed their prizes by actual Nobel laureates. The theme of this year’s Igs is “Risk,” and the show will feature keynote speaker Benoit Mandelbrot, and premiere of the mini-opera “Big Bank Theory.”
There’s lots of other stuff, too. The Igs are a great night, and are one of the few events that really is fun for the whole family. (I wrote about the Igs as part of “10 Things I Love About Boston” here.) I hope you’ll come, and if you do, I hope you’ll find me and introduce yourself.
Here’s one of the short “Improbable Research” television shows, that might give you a bit of the flavor of the Igs, featuring an Ig Nobel Prize winner, the patent application of an Ig Nobel Prize-winning invention … and the answer to last week’s Puzzler.
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