Archive for 'Improbable TV'

Improbable Research Collection #128: The 2009 Ig Nobel Prize for Public Health

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

At the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, Public Health Prize winner Dr. Elena Bodnar demonstrates her invention – a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander. She is assisted by Nobel laureates Wolfgang Ketterle, Orhan Pamuk, and Paul Krugman. Read the rest of this entry »

The Big Bank Opera (video), redux

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

As fans of the Ig Nobel Ceremony, opera, and large-scale economic failure may remember, “The Big Bank Opera” premiered as a featured part of the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. A few weeks ago, we posted all four acts to YouTube, each as a separate episode (#124-7) of the Improbable Research TV series.

The libretto of the Opera is also published in the latest issue of the Annals of Improbable Research.

Furthermore, Acts One (“Two Bankers Meet in a Bar…”), Two (“How to Solve The World’s Biggest Problem”), Three (“Big Bank Theory”), and Four (“To Boldly Go”) have now been made available on Vimeo, for redundancy and higher-quality video enjoyment.

The grand finale from Act 4 is embedded after the break.

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The Big Bank Opera (video)

Friday, January 8th, 2010

“The Big Bank Opera” premiered as a featured part of the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. Here’s the entire mini-opera — Act 1, Act 2, Act 3 and Act 4 — each as a separate episode (#124-7) of the Improbable Research TV series. The video displayed below is Act 3, which is called “The Big Bank Theory”:

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Improbable Research Collection #123

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

William Lipscomb

William Lipscomb, the 1976 Nobel laureate in chemistry, is a Kentucky colonel. He is famous for wearing string ties. Here he demonstrates how to tie a string tie. We made this video as part of the celebration for Professor Lipscomb’s upcoming 90th birthday. Read the rest of this entry »

Big-Banks/Big-Bang Opera preview

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Improbable Research Collection #122

Big Banks and the Big Bang theory combine in these two new episodes (#122 and #121) of the Improbable Research TV series.

These were filmed at an early rehearsal of “The Big Bank Opera”. The plot:  Stylish bankers in a swanky Wall Street bar explain the explosive rise and fall of big banking and big bankers.

In Act 1 (below), the two bankers meet for the first time, and fall in love with their financial futures. In Act 3 (above), one of the bankers looks back, years later, at the Big Bang origins of the universe and the Big Bank destruction of the financial system.

This mini-opera has music by L.v. Beethoven & G. Rossini, and words by Marc Abrahams.
Improbable Research Collection #121
Starring Maria Ferrante and Ben Sears, and Branden Grimmett, it premieres October 1, 2009 as part of the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University. It will be webcast live at improbable.com.

(This rehearsal happened at the home of Nobel Prize winner (Chemistry 1976) William Lipscomb. Professor Lipscomb and several colleagues will play a supporting role on stage in the premiere.)

To see these episodes, click on the images, and you will be whisked to YouTube (where you can subscribe, if you like, to the Improbable Research channel).

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