Professor Lipscomb will be the theme of the July/August of the Annals of Improbable Research. Last month brought the unhappy news that Professor William Lipscomb (aka “Colonel Lipscomb), one of the greatest Improbable Researchers, had passed away. If you have a personal story about him, we would love to hear it, and maybe include it […]
Very sad news. My good friend and longtime collaborator William Lipscomb died last night, after a period of ill health. Bill, also known as “The Colonel”, because he was a Kentucky Colonel, was a great scientist, and also perhaps the best and funniest performer in most of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremonies (the photo here […]
William Lipscomb, the 1976 Nobel laureate in chemistry, is a Kentucky colonel. He is famous for wearing string ties. Here he demonstrates how to tie a string tie. We made this video as part of the celebration for Professor Lipscomb’s upcoming 90th birthday.
Big Banks and the Big Bang theory combine in these two new episodes (#122 and #121) of the Improbable Research TV series. These were filmed at an early rehearsal of “The Big Bank Opera”. The plot: Stylish bankers in a swanky Wall Street bar explain the explosive rise and fall of big banking and big […]
Here’s the new episode — #121, “Big Bank Opera Rehearsal, Act 1” — of the Improbable Research TV series. The episode depicts an early rehearsal of Act 1 of “The Big Bank Opera”, in which stylish bankers in a swanky Wall Street bar explain the explosive rise and fall of big banking and big bankers. […]