Nobel Prize laureates will commend scientists on the papers that are not frontrunners for the real Nobel Prize at a ceremony Thursday night at Harvard.
That’s right: tonight, on the same evening that NASA scientists will celebrate Voyager 1’s historic exit from the solar system, Nobel Prize laureates will commend scientists on the papers that, well, are not frontrunners for the real Nobel Prize – but still have something valuable to teach the audience.
Tonight’s award ceremony, known as the Ig Nobel Awards, has been put on since 1991 at Harvard. The ceremony will include “genuinely bemused genuine Nobel laureates” bestowing awards on scientists whose projects “make people laugh, then make them think,” as the organizers, the Annals of Improbable Research, put it.
It will also include an opera performance.