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Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown

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What's this? A collection of scientific humor, you say! But aren't the words science and humor mutually contradictory? The answer, of course, is a large "No" and this book is proof Positive that science, like any human enterprise, does have its humorous aspects. Here you will find an amalgam of satiric science and scientific satire. Here you will find both scientists and s ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 1982 by Prentice Hall (first published 1963)
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Pat Cummings
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Anyone who’s had to revise ISO9000 documents, review a prosy thesis paper, or wade through jargon in an industry magazine, will welcome this compilation with heart-felt relief. These selections from the notorious 50s underground publication The Worm-Runner’s Digest are guaranteed to make you smile.

Consider, for example, Postal System Input Buffer Device by Joe and Gil Robertson Obsborne. A simple action, putting an envelope into a mailbox, right? Not in formal instructionese, which must specify
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Lorelei
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
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In the intervening decades, I'd forgotten how much I like this book. It starts out reminding me that I am not alone in recognizing the difference between scientism and science, and ends up with a lovely deconstruction of why we should not look solely to scientists to plot our course as individuals or as a society. In between there is enough really funny stuff to keep anyone happy. Some of the humour may be a bit dated, but then so am I, so it detracts not at all from my enjoyment of a wonderful ...more
Amy
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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From the perspective of 2015, this 1963 collection offers an odd, oft rye, occasionally humorous view on the scientific process and those who are brave enough to embed their livelihood in that progression.
Jehu Hand
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first read this when I was 8 years old. It was funny and interesting then and it still is. Maybe I am still a kid.
Christopher Proctor
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A bit dated but still a fun read
Rick Kuehn
A great read for engineers with a sense of humor... if such a thing exists.
Don Gubler
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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Science doesn't always end up serious.
Valerie
If you've never heard of The Journal of Irreproducible Results, this book is a good introduction.

Scientific humor doesn't appeal to everyone--but this book (and the Journal) can be a lot of fun.
David
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Think engineers and scientists don’t have a sense of humor or know how to have fun? This book presents as evidence a collection of short pieces by scientists demonstrating that they enjoy a bit of entertainment as much as anyone else. Some names you should recognize and some are not as well known. The material is a bit dated but where else will you find a strapless evening gown mathematically modeled as a cantilever beam for stress analysis for keeping the goods safe as in the title piece. A fun ...more
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A strapless evening gown should look as if it's about to fall off. But (view spoiler) actually do so.
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Baker, Robert A. (Robert Allen) 1921-2005

He is the editor of Psychology in the Wry, a collection of satire, and was formerly the co-editor of Approaches, a quarterly journal of contemporary poetry. His satirical and humorous verses have appeared in Vogue, Saturday Review, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, Worm-Runners' Digest, and other journals.