A man — Mikhailovich — obsessed, computationally, with laughter

Suslov Igor Mikhailovich, Doctor of Science, who is Head Scientist at the P.L. Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems, has been working steadily towards a goal: creating a computer with a sense of humor. The photo below shows Mikhailovich projecting his thoughts. Here are four of his research papers on the matter: 1. arXiv:0711.3197 [pdf, ps, other] How to realize […]

The World’s New Center of Pancake Research

With publication of the new study “Pancake Flipping is Hard” by three researchers at the University of Nantes, the city of Nantes becomes the de facto international capital of pancake research. Details of the study are given below. First, here is a Google map showing primary sources of pancakes in the city: The study is: “Pancake Flipping […]

Incompetence, considered computationally

Alex Pluccino and colleagues at Universita di Catania, Italy, computed how the Peter Principle probably produces pathetic pathologies in large organizations. Details are in their study: “The Peter Principle Revisited: A Computational Study,” Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda and Cesare Garofalo, arXiv:0907.0455v1, July 2, 2009, and Physica A 389 (2010) 467-472. The authors explain: “In the […]