Ig Nobel winner writes “best abstract ever”

Twitterings call it the “best abstract ever“. The lead author, Michael Berry, was awarded the 2000 Ig Nobel Prize in physics (together with Andre Geim) for using magnets to levitate a frog. This new paper is a response to the recent reported measurements of neutrinos that apparently traveled faster than the speed of light. Here’s the entire abstract:

As you can see if you see the image (which, if you cannot see it, may be bollixed up by some unknown phenomenon involving the light going too fast—see abstract above), the citation for this paper is: “Can apparent superluminal neutrino speeds be explained as a quantum weak measurement?“, M.V. Berry, N. Brunner, S. Popescu and P. Shukla, arXiv:1110.2832 (October 2011).

Abstract. Probably not.

BONUS (a few hours later): a reader has found a paper published in 1978 that treads similarly glorious ground.

9 Responses to “Ig Nobel winner writes “best abstract ever””

  1. boupinel Says:

    John Doyle had an abstract that’s at least as good to a paper called “Guaranteed Margins for LQG Regulators” back in 1978: “There are none.”


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  5. Roy Plotnick Says:

    And from October, 1962, this classic (passed on long ago by the late Leigh Van Valen):

  6. Roy Plotnick Says:

    Here is a gem from October 1962

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