Annals of Improbable Research

JULY | AUGUST 2010 (volume 16, number 4)

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Special Issue:Mathematics

Chernoff Faces,
Horse Calculus,
Cocker’s Arithmetick…


The features marked with a star (*) are based entirely on material taken straight from standard research (and other Official and Therefore Always Correct) literature. Many of the other articles are genuine, too, but we don’t know which ones.

Special Section: Mathematics

Chernoff and the Face Value of Numbers* Alice Shirrell Kaswell
Horse Calculus* Michael Berry
Cocker’s Arithmetick* Stephen Drew

Improbable Research

Snow-Clearing from SUV Roofs and from Fire Hydrants: An Informal Look John Trinkaus
It’s Hard: To Be a Bat* Alice Shirrell Kaswell

Improbable Research Reviews*

Improbable Research Review* Improbable Medical Review* Ig® and Beyond* Boys Will Be Boys* Soft Is Hard* May We Recommend*

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AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
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Puzzling Solutions Teachers’ Guide
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On the Front Cover

Numerical data can be presented in the form of “Chernoff Faces” — see page 6 (these particular faces are from a study by Bernhard Flury and Hans Riedwyl). The bat pictured here (photo by Geri Sullivan) is not performing the activity described on page 18.

On the Back Cover

Large-scale computation as practiced in 1924. Photo: Library of Congress.

Supplemental Articles (Published online only)

What is the Probability that Barack Obama Will Be Re-Elected in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election?* Eric Schulman and Daniel Debowy

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