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Friday, March 26, 2010

Hyperbolic Plans, Collective Spoons, Autonomous Robots...

We'd like to extend a hearty congratulations to Daina Taimina, author of Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Plans. Each year, the British trade magazine The Bookseller hands out the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, and Taimina's title (which refers to how needlework and geometry come together) won. Runners up this year were:

What Kind of Bean is This Chihuahua? by Tara Jansen-Meyer (second place)
Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich by James A. Yannes (third place)
Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter by David Crompton
Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots by Ronald C. Arkin
In the Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Ellen Scherl and Marla Dubinsky

I can only hope that the winner receives the award with as much grace as Sandra Bullock did when she accepted her Razzie for All About Steve (and then the next day, accepted the Oscar for The Blind Side).

Itzkoff, Dave. "As It Turns Out, Maybe You Can Judge a Book By Its Cover." ArtsBeat. New York Times. 26 March 2010.

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