The 1994 Ig Nobel Prize for mathematics was awarded to the Southern Baptist Church of Alabama, mathematical measurers of morality, for their county-by-county estimate of how many Alabama citizens will go to Hell if they don’t repent. Click here for additional details, including a method to calculate your chance of going to hell.
“There are many woodcuts and broadsides depicting the roads to heaven and hell,” says the Graphic Arts Collection blog, from its cozy home at Princeton University’s Firestone Library. The blog shows and discusses several maps of “The Many, Many Roads to Heaven and Hell.” (Thanks to John Overholt for bringing this to our attention.) BONUS […]
The most populous county in the American state of Alabama has just declared bankruptcy. This is an opportune time for mathematicians to revisit the calculations that led to the awarding of the 1994 Ig Nobel Prize for mathematics. That Ig Nobel Prize was awarded to The Southern Baptist Church of Alabama [who have since re-named themselves], for […]
Again this year, there is no winner in our essay contest to address the question: “Which Is Better, the Heck Reaction or the Hell Reaction?” The contest entrants and the more numerous potential entrants were uninspired by the two info sources we suggested: “Recent Developments and New Perspectives in the Heck Reaction,” Walter Cabri and […]
A professor who contractually condemned his students to hell was inspired by an Ig Nobel Prize winner. WKRN reports: Frustrated over cheating allegations, one professor at Middle Tennessee State University took the idea of a traditional honor code in a controversial direction. Suspecting that one of his MBA candidates had just cheated on an exam, […]