The Today I Found Out blog has a nice appreciation of two—really three—people who shared an Ig Nobel Prize for (probably) giving Murphy’s Law it’s name. The appreciation is called “WHO WAS ‘MURPHY’ IN ‘MURPHY’S LAW’ AND THE AMAZING DR. JOHN PAUL STAPP WHO GAVE US THE EXPRESSION.” The 2003 Ig Nobel Prize for engineering […]
If you’re looking for a (documented) example of an occasion when Professor Wright encountered Professor Wrong, then your search is over. One such event happened somewhere around March 1921, at the University of Toronto Winter Short Course for farmers. Here’s an account, in Volume XXI of the University of Toronto Monthly, March 1921, No. 6. […]
It’s probably not a mere fairy tale. A researcher publicly criticized in detail some of his own published studies. (Frenzied mobs might now appear to criticize that criticism — presumably this researcher would more or less welcome such efforts.) Todd B. Kashdan, Associate Professor of Psychology at George Mason University, writes in Psychology Today: Let […]
This is one of the many hundreds of academic papers that have a co-author who is Wong and a co-author who is Wright: “Trefoil peptides,” W.M. Wong, R. Poulsom, and N.A. Wright, Gut, vol. 44, no. 6 (1999): 890-895. (Thank you to investigator Matthew R. Francis for bringing the phenomenon to our attention.) This particular […]
Scicurious wrote a nice essay, a while back, about realizing you’ve been wrong: So I posted something the other day on bees and cell phones. The science in the paper itself wasn’t convincing to me, but the other references they pulled out in the discussion made me pull an about face. I thought, hey, maybe the […]
Anyone who loves books, any kind of books, is perhaps sure to love this one: Plackett Family of Distribution to Regression, Wrong, Volume 7 , Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences, Samuel Kotz (Editor), Norman Lloyd Johnson (Editor) [pictured here], Campbell B. Read (Editor), Wiley-Interscience; Volume 7 edition (September 29, 1986). The publisher says it “is written in a […]
It’s alleged that even the most prestigious art galleries sometimes hang artist’s work the wrong way up. But very little scientific research has addressed the issue of whether the public-at-large can correctly guess whether a modern art painting is the right way up or not. Prompting George Mather, who is Professor of Vision Science, School […]
The Retraction Watch blog reports: The authors of a 2006 Journal of Immunology study have retracted it after it dawned on them that they used the wrong mice….