The ironic saying that science is a way to satisfy one’s curiosity at public expense, which we ascribe to Academicians Artsimovich and Landau, was again reminded by the Shnobel Prize for 2021.
This time, it was awarded to researchers from 24 countries, whose works and achievements attracted the attention of colleagues, because they seem dubious and look strange, not only at first glance.
Anti-Nobel in the classic “Physics” nomination was awarded to scientists from Italy, Taiwan and the USA. They spent a lot of energy trying to understand why crowds of passers-by do not collide with each other. The award in the field of kinetics went to researchers from Japan, Switzerland and Italy – they were surprisingly able to prove that pedestrians on a collision course do collide from time to time. Suzanne Schötz, Ph.D. from Sweden, studied not upright homo sapiens, but domestic cats – she recorded and analyzed all types and spectra of sounds they emitted. For which she was awarded the Shnobel Prize in Biology. Nobel laureate Eric Cornell, who presented it, carefully asked Mrs. Schötz if she could reproduce at least a few sounds from the collection she had collected.
And Shnobel’s laureates in ecology did not wait to be asked for something like that. The priests of science from Spain and Iran appeared at the time of the presentation of this anti-award with chewing gums in their mouths – they spent many months and days on the bacteriological analysis of such gum, picked up on the city sidewalks of five different countries.
In the “Chemistry” nomination, a group of colleagues from Germany, Britain, Greece, Australia drew attention. They seem to have been carried away and rallied by a joint love of cinema. As part of an international collaboration, they investigated the chemical composition of the air in cinemas during screenings in order to identify and establish causal relationships between the smells that viewers give off and scenes of violence, drug use, and antisocial behavior on the screen.
One of the hypotheses of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud was jointly developed by his apologists and followers from Germany, Turkey, and Great Britain. And they got three Shnobel in medicine for trying to prove that orgasm is an effective remedy for a cold.
In conclusion – briefly about economics and a little about politics. A group of researchers from Europe dared to prove that “the degree of obesity of politicians correlates with the level of corruption in the country.” As a reward – Schnobel in economics.
And the same Peace Prize was awarded to three Americans – Ethan Beseris, Stephen Neilway and David Carrier. They are biologists, and after deep research, they came to the conclusion that the beard in men appeared to protect against blows in fistfights.
If Academician Landau were alive today, he would not have rusted: “A priest of science? This is the one who eats at the expense of science.” RG has no information on how many Russian researchers were nominated for the Shnobel Prize this time.