"Advances in Improbable Cybernetic Research"
Marc Abrahams, Editor,
"The Annals of Improbable Research (AIR)
Wednesday 17 January 96
@Cybersmith in Harvard Square
42 Church Street, Cambridge MA
4 - 5 pm
Information about Cybersmith:
A seminar presenting outstandingly improbable research, a surprising
amount of it genuine, from The Annals of Improbable Research.
The Cambridge Cybernetic Society has requested specifically cybernetic
items, while normally Abrahams' talk includes highlights from
the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremonies held annually at Harvard. Topics
can actually span the full range of the sciences and beyond,
including: The Taxonomy of Barney; a Spectrographic Comparison
of Apples and Oranges; Xerox Micrography; Tabletop Fusion; Feline
Reactions to Bearded Men; and diverse other areas of research.
Heckling is encouraged, as are lab coats and other appropriate
and inappropriate regalia.
Marc Abrahams is the editor and co-founder of "The Annals
of Improbable Research" (AIR). "mini-AIR," a monthly
electronic supplement to AIR, is one of the most widely circulated
publications on the Internet. Abrahams is also the father and
master of ceremonies of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, honoring
individuals whose achievements "cannot or should not be
reproduced." The Prizes are handed out by genuine Nobel
Laureates at a gala ceremony held each October at Harvard and
broadcast on National Public Radio. Abrahams also writes a monthly
column for the British science magazine "Focus," writes
on science, technology and medicine for other publications, and
is a commentator for ABC-TV's "World News Now" and
public radio's "Living on Earth."
From 1990-1994, Abrahams was the editor of "The Journal
of Irreproducible Results," the world's oldest and largest
science humor magazine.
Abrahams graduated from Harvard College with a degree in applied
mathematics. He subsequently spent several years developing optical
character recognition computer systems (including a reading machine
for the blind), and later founded Wisdom Simulators, Inc., a
creator of educational software.