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...

Catastrophes Small and Large: From Biscuit Dunking to our Global Future

Catastrophes Small and Large: From Biscuit Dunking to our Global Future

I appeared on the front page of Wikipedia today (April 7th 2021). “Did you know?” asked the editors “that Len Fisher won the 1999 Ig Nobel Prize for physics for his research on the optimal way to dunk a biscuit?” You may or may not have known this. Certainly the story...

Working Towards a More Humanistic Society

Working Towards a More Humanistic Society

Very excited to have been invited to speak at the Eighth International Conference on Humanistic Buddhism. I am not a Buddhist per se, but I have great sympathy with many of its aims, and especially with the all-permeating idea of interconnectedness. I will be talking...

The Future of Food: An Integrated Global Challenge

The Future of Food: An Integrated Global Challenge

A talk delivered at the meeting "Food Futures in the Anthropocene" (University of Tasmania, November 7-10 (2020)). One of a number of talks and articles where I have been trying to bring people's attention to the importance of interconnectedness between the many...

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

Catastrophes Small and Large: From Biscuit Dunking to our Global Future

Catastrophes Small and Large: From Biscuit Dunking to our Global Future

I appeared on the front page of Wikipedia today (April 7th 2021). “Did you know?” asked the editors “that Len Fisher won the 1999 Ig Nobel Prize for physics for his research on the optimal way to dunk a biscuit?” You may or may not have known this. Certainly the story...

PLANNING FOR LIFE’S CRISES

Working Towards a More Humanistic Society

Working Towards a More Humanistic Society

Very excited to have been invited to speak at the Eighth International Conference on Humanistic Buddhism. I am not a Buddhist per se, but I have great sympathy with many of its aims, and especially with the all-permeating idea of interconnectedness. I will be talking...

FOOD & GASTRONOMY

The Future of Food: An Integrated Global Challenge

The Future of Food: An Integrated Global Challenge

A talk delivered at the meeting "Food Futures in the Anthropocene" (University of Tasmania, November 7-10 (2020)). One of a number of talks and articles where I have been trying to bring people's attention to the importance of interconnectedness between the many...

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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