Annals of Improbable Research

JULY | AUGUST 2011 (volume 17, number 4)

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Special Issue
Professor Lipscomb

Remembering Professor Lipscomb,
His Real-Life Adventures,
His Secret Mission...


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Special Section: Professor Lipscomb

Professor Lipscomb Is Gone* — Marc Abrahams
Professor Lipscomb in Performance*
A Few Real-Life Lipscomb Adventures* — Jim Lipscomb
Professor Lipscomb’s Secret Mission — Alice Shirrell Kaswell

Improbable Research Reviews*

Improbable Research Review* — Dirk Manley
Improbable Medical Review*

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On the Front Cover

Accompanied by Ig Nobel minordomo Peaco Todd, Professor Lipscomb scans the audience at the 2008 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, wondering which of the 1200 attendees will be the one to win a date with him. Photo: Kees Moeliker.

On the Back Cover

In life, as in fiction, Professor Lipscomb was an accomplished clarinetist.