Peer Reviewed Humor 2 – The simplest of all summaries

In an earlier post I wrote about one of my favorite published responses of all time. Part two of this series on geohumor, or peer reviewed and published humor more broadly, comes from a 1974 paper in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. The greatness in this piece is in the abstract, a one word answer to the question posed in the title. Probably easiest for me to just show it.

Gardner, J.K., and Knopoff, L., 1974, Is the sequence of earthquakes in southern California, with aftershocks removed, Poissonian: Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am, v. 64, no. 5, p. 1363–1367.

Gardner, J.K., and Knopoff, L., 1974, Is the sequence of earthquakes in southern California, with aftershocks removed, Poissonian: Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am, v. 64, no. 5, p. 1363–1367.

Writing papers that have titles posed as questions isn’t the most common thing, but perhaps it should be. It makes writing the abstract potentially very simple.

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One Response to Peer Reviewed Humor 2 – The simplest of all summaries

  1. Breandán MacGabhann says:

    Oh no! I’ve had a draft manuscript sitting on my desk for a couple of months with the title as a question and the abstract as: “No.”. Only beaten to it by 40 years! Oh well. Probably would have been tough to convince my co-author anyway. 😦

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