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MIT Press Bookstore Events for Fall 2013
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The 2013 Ig Informal Lectures at MIT
Saturday, September 14, 2013
1:00 pm
MIT 26-100
behind 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

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The Fall 2013 Loading Dock Sale Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27, 2013
10:00am to 6:00pm
MIT E38, 292 Main Street, Cambridge

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Event Details for Fall 2013


Saturday, September 14, 2013
1:00 pm
MIT 26-100
behind 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Once again, The MIT Press Bookstore is proud to partner with some Improbable friends to bring you a half-afternoon of improbably funny, informative, brief (5 minutes each, plus a few questions & answers with the audience), high-spirited public lectures, in which the new Ig Nobel Prize winners will attempt to explain what they did, and why they did it.

The Ig Nobel Prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative--and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology. On Thursday evening at Harvard, ten prizes are awarded to people who have done remarkable things, some of them admirable, some perhaps otherwise. On Saturday, we invite the winners to MIT and give them five minutes to describe and/or defend their work, then respond to insightful questions from the audience. Here's your chance to chat with an Ig Nobel Laureate!

In addition, this year we'll celebrate the work of George Blonsky—a 1925 graduate of MIT!—and his wife, Charlotte. The Blonskys were awarded an Ig Nobel Prize, in 1999, for their invention (US patent #3216423, "APPARATUS FOR FACILITATING THE BIRTH OF A CHILD BY CENTRIFUGAL FORCE"). The new opera about the Blonskys and their work will have premiered on Thursday, as part of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony.

And yes, Dr. Fessmire will probably be there too.

Please join us!

All Ig Nobel Prize activities are organized by the Annals of Improbable Research.

Get a little dose of the fun in these Ig Videos!

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