IgNobel Laureate

First, they make you laugh; then, they make you think

MY LATEST POSTS

Casimir and me

Casimir and me

This mini story is about me and my last (maybe really my last) scientific paper. It is also a story of how science really works - through people, rather than structures or organizations or committees. It started with Twitter, which is a major way that I keep in touch...

Life, REF, and the half-loaf principle

Life, REF, and the half-loaf principle

One of my favourite writers is the Russian-born Englishman S.J. "Skid" Simon. Unless you are a bridge player, you have probably never heard of him, although he wrote many murder mysteries in the period before the Second World War, the best-known being "A Bullet in the...

Virtual food

Virtual food

The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery is my favourite indulgence - old friends, good wine, great food. But this year it has to be virtual, and here I will keep a running diary of events to share. Enjoy! The header picture is from last year. That's me holding the...

MY LATEST POSTS

MINI STORIES FROM SCIENCE

Casimir and me

Casimir and me

This mini story is about me and my last (maybe really my last) scientific paper. It is also a story of how science really works - through people, rather than structures or organizations or committees. It started with Twitter, which is a major way that I keep in touch...

STRAY THOUGHTS

Life, REF, and the half-loaf principle

Life, REF, and the half-loaf principle

One of my favourite writers is the Russian-born Englishman S.J. "Skid" Simon. Unless you are a bridge player, you have probably never heard of him, although he wrote many murder mysteries in the period before the Second World War, the best-known being "A Bullet in the...

PLANNING FOR LIFE’S CRISES

FOOD & GASTRONOMY

Virtual food

Virtual food

The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery is my favourite indulgence - old friends, good wine, great food. But this year it has to be virtual, and here I will keep a running diary of events to share. Enjoy! The header picture is from last year. That's me holding the...

MY BOOKS

My books are aimed to help people see and understand the world through a scientist’s eyes, with a good leavening of humour, anecdote and the personal stories.

TESTIMONIALS

“Fisher is a master story-teller, making difficult scientific concepts seem simple through elegant exposition. Crashes, Crises and Calamities addresses the challenge of disaster prediction … by a brilliant and engaging integration of diverse scientific perspectives.”
Simon A. Levin, Moffett Professor of Biology, Princeton University; author of Fragile Dominion

“[Rock, Paper, Scissors is a] tour de force of exposition, with many amusing and enlightening vignettes of the application of game theory to real-world interactions in the home, amongst friends, in business, and in international relations.”
Professor Robert Marks, Winner of computer tournament on strategies for effective cooperation

“Scientists are constantly trying to make science accessible to the general public, but rarely are they as successful as physicist [Len] Fisher.”
Library Journal Review

“From locusts watching Star Wars to Murphy’s Law of Management, The Perfect Swarm hits all the buttons … a wonderful tour through the new mathematics of swarms, flocks and crowds.”
Ian Stewart, Author, Professor Stewart’s Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities

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