Professor Lipscomb Makes a Cup of Tea

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The further adventures of Professor Lipscomb
by Marc Abrahams

In AIR 6:3 we presented see "Professor Lipscomb Goes Shopping. " Here we present "Professor Lipscomb Makes n Cup if Tea." In a future issue of AIR we will present "Professor Lipscomb Makes Home-Brew Tea "

These photographs document one of Professor Lipscomb’s favorite activities - making a cup of tea. These photographs were originally shown, in the form of a projected slide show, as part of the 1999 lg Nobel Prize Ceremony [see AIR 6:1].

William Lipscomb is a professor emeritus at Harvard University and a Nobel Laureate (1976) in Chemistry. Here, accompanied by Professor Lipscomb’s description, is his secret recipe for making tea.

There’s nothing as refreshing as a cup of tea. It’s not difficult to prepare. Here’s how I do it.

First, select the tea.

There are many different kinds of tea.

If you enjoy tea, it’s worth selecting carefully.

After you have chosen the tea, the next step is to obtain some water.

Then bring the water to a boil.

And that’s how you make a cup of tea.




Volume 7, Number 2

March/April 2001, Special Yavis Issue

Reprinted from the Annals of Improbable Research, v. 7, # 2, Mar./Apr., pp. 24-27 with permission of Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, who has reviewd this entry. Public evidence of this may be seen in that the Annals of Improbable Research links to this "web site with lots of info about Bill."

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