The numbers game - 0.007 shaken not stirred

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

British spies have always been acutely aware that there is a subtle difference in taste between a Martini that is shaken, not stirred. Two distinct approaches can be adopted to explain this intriguing phenomenon. Scholars of St Thomas of Aquinas will no doubt prefer one that imagines zillions of Vodka fairies dancing frenetically on the ice cubes. The other would involve constructing a hypothesis (vigorous shaking apparently encourages the off-gassing of aldehydes from the vermouth that does not occur when merely stirred) and undertaking a double blind, placebo controlled trial to investigate the taste sensations reported by a statistically significant (Fishers exact test p=0.001) matched cohort.
LanguageEnglish
JournalScotregen, Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum
Issue numberIssue No. 41
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Fingerprint

Controlled
Thomas Aquinas
Fairies
Placebo
Spies
Dancing
Vodka
Cohort
Fisher's Exact Test

Keywords

  • engineering
  • architecture
  • numbers

Cite this

@article{2d81f415be16494ca8fe4d2d21006ddd,
title = "The numbers game - 0.007 shaken not stirred",
abstract = "British spies have always been acutely aware that there is a subtle difference in taste between a Martini that is shaken, not stirred. Two distinct approaches can be adopted to explain this intriguing phenomenon. Scholars of St Thomas of Aquinas will no doubt prefer one that imagines zillions of Vodka fairies dancing frenetically on the ice cubes. The other would involve constructing a hypothesis (vigorous shaking apparently encourages the off-gassing of aldehydes from the vermouth that does not occur when merely stirred) and undertaking a double blind, placebo controlled trial to investigate the taste sensations reported by a statistically significant (Fishers exact test p=0.001) matched cohort.",
keywords = "engineering, architecture, numbers",
author = "Stirling Howieson",
year = "2008",
language = "English",
journal = "Scotregen, Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum",
number = "Issue No. 41",

}

The numbers game - 0.007 shaken not stirred. / Howieson, Stirling.

In: Scotregen, Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum, No. Issue No. 41, 2008.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - The numbers game - 0.007 shaken not stirred

AU - Howieson, Stirling

PY - 2008

Y1 - 2008

N2 - British spies have always been acutely aware that there is a subtle difference in taste between a Martini that is shaken, not stirred. Two distinct approaches can be adopted to explain this intriguing phenomenon. Scholars of St Thomas of Aquinas will no doubt prefer one that imagines zillions of Vodka fairies dancing frenetically on the ice cubes. The other would involve constructing a hypothesis (vigorous shaking apparently encourages the off-gassing of aldehydes from the vermouth that does not occur when merely stirred) and undertaking a double blind, placebo controlled trial to investigate the taste sensations reported by a statistically significant (Fishers exact test p=0.001) matched cohort.

AB - British spies have always been acutely aware that there is a subtle difference in taste between a Martini that is shaken, not stirred. Two distinct approaches can be adopted to explain this intriguing phenomenon. Scholars of St Thomas of Aquinas will no doubt prefer one that imagines zillions of Vodka fairies dancing frenetically on the ice cubes. The other would involve constructing a hypothesis (vigorous shaking apparently encourages the off-gassing of aldehydes from the vermouth that does not occur when merely stirred) and undertaking a double blind, placebo controlled trial to investigate the taste sensations reported by a statistically significant (Fishers exact test p=0.001) matched cohort.

KW - engineering

KW - architecture

KW - numbers

UR - http://www.scotregen.co.uk/pdf.pl?file=surf/news/Scotregen 41 (web version).pdf

M3 - Article

JO - Scotregen, Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum

T2 - Scotregen, Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum

JF - Scotregen, Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum

IS - Issue No. 41

ER -