There’s another new book about the Ig Nobel Prizes. This one’s by Yana Khlyustova, in Russian.
Arnold’s view of Russian vs. American mathematicians
The late, colorful Russian mathematician Vladimir Igorevich Arnold [pictured here] discussed how certain nations are famed for the way their mathematicians go about mathematicianing. This is from an interview he gave to S.H. Lui (and published in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, in 1997): QUESTION: Do you notice any differences in the way people from […]
Safety first! The no-handy man.
Today’s historical industrial safety poster is from Russia, part of a collection amassed by an admirer of this distinctive form of art:
Whistlers with Orchestra [from Russia to Germany to you]
This photo shows a recording of “whistlers with orchestra” labeled in Russian, reproduced in Germany in English, sort of. Follow the link to hear this scholarly treasure and see more detail about it: [Source: Russian-Records.com]
Russian research on naked swimmers & wild dolphins
Olympic swimmers owe some of their success to research done by a Russian scientist. Here’s a look back at our look back at his work: Yuri Glebovich Aleyev used an electric winch to tow naked women under water at speeds of two to four metres per second. Later, his colleagues, when they peered at Aleyev’s […]
Colorful Russian Mathematicians: V.I. Arnold
Russia is an efficient producer of colorful mathematicians. Leonid Polterovich wrote an appreciation of one of them, Vladimir Igorevich Arnold [pictured here]. It’s called “Remembering V.I. Arnold, 1937-2010.” and begins: “Those who know the material will not learn anything new, and those who do not know it will not understand anything.” —V.I. Arnold about a badly written […]
Dr. Nakamats, in Russian, at length
Nearly an hour of the Russian edition of the documentary film about 2005 Ig Nobel Prize winner Dr. Nakamats is online. Dr. Nakamats won his prize for having photographed and alylized every meal he consumed during a period of 34 years [a streak which he has since extended], which is but one of his many […]