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History of the universe in 60 seconds

A video of Eric Schulman’s brilliant 60-second-long History of the Universe is now up on the National Science Foundation’s web site. It shows Dr. Schulman performing what was originally a 200-word written piece that appeared in the Jan/Feb 1997 issue of the Annals of Improbable Research. Dr. Schulman first performed it at the 1997 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, where a book publisher saw him and offered him a contract to expand it to book length. Dr. Schulman rose to the challenge, resulting in the now-classic A Briefer History of Time. Dr. Schulman’s original 200-word piece, by the way, has now been translated into more than 30 languages.

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