Success is largely a matter of luck and math proves it: this is it Italian research, led by the University of Catania, to win one of the IgNobel 2022, alongside the study that proves that legal documents create confusion and another that advises how to turn a knob. They are the science prizes to laugh, awarded in the online ceremony organized by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine and funded by the science fiction and physics students associations of Harvard. A study on romance that synchronizes the heartbeat has also been awarded.
Organized by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine and funded by the science fiction and physics student associations of Harvard University, the ceremony takes place entirely online for the third consecutive year “due to the lurking ambitions of Covid-19,” write the organizers.
“Knowledge” is the theme of the 2022 edition, also recalled in the mini opera scheduled, entitled “The club of those who know everything”, in which each of the characters is firmly convinced that he is the only member of the club who really knows every What. The writers Rosemary Mosco, Thomas Michel and Edward Tufte will therefore take up the challenge in which they will express their thoughts on pigeons, medical knowledge and information in 24 seconds and 7 words. There will also be the traditional launch of paper airplanes.
Ten extravagant searches awaiting the Ig Nobel 2022, which this year will also be broadcast in Japanese and, subsequently, in Chinese. As is traditionally the case, they will be presented by eight ‘traditional’ Nobel Prizes, including Frances Arnold awarded for Chemistry in 2018, Jerome Friedman and Donna Strickland, both awarded for Physics respectively in 2018 and 1990.
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