WHAT’S SO FUNNY ABOUT SCIENCE?

February 3, 2002 § Leave a comment

When one considers that human beings still regularly slam their thumbs with hammers, it should come as no surprise that our attempts to unravel nature’s profoundest truths might include comedy. In fact, some science and more than a few scientists are funny. Or at least do funny things.

As part of the “Entertaining Science” series, Feb. 3, at 6 PM, at the Cornelia Street Café, Roald Hoffmann hosts four takes on humor in science, featuring Marc Abrahams, editor of the science humor journal Annals of Improbable Research and Impresario of the Ig Nobel prizes; Jim Lyttle, a management professor at Long Island University, who studies the science of humor itself, including the brain’s processing of funny stuff, Lynda Williams, the Physics Chanteuse, and Steve Mirsky, Scientific American magazine’s humor columnist (which he likens to making the best sloppy joes at the culinary institute)

The evening will be funny. Seriously.

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