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April 24, 2008

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srikanth @ 9:37 am, GMT +0000 ( 1209029862 ) Play

Legend has it that (1) was describing a “special” form of (2) to (3) as a lark (possibly hoping to fire off (3)s imagination and get him to write a book). After (1) and (3) died, (4) wrote a novel about it that turned out to be one of his greatest hits.

Identify 1, the special form of 2, 3 and 4, and also name the novel.

Cracked by: udupendra , manubhardwaj , Anon  , Dibyo , Ginkgo100 , Sandesh , duriel , varuns88 and Mo.

Answer: Irving Langmuir was describing a fictional form of ice to H G Wells when the latter visited G.E. Wells wasn’t particularly impressed by the whole thing, but Kurt Vonnegut was there at the time, and heard the description. After Langmuir and Wells failed to publish the idea, he took it and based the novel Cat’s Cradle around Ice-Nine. (Water crystallizes when it comes in contact with Ice-Nine)


11 Responses to “Busy, busy, busy”

  1. udupendra
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    Langmuir, Ice-9, HG Wells, Kurt Vonnegut, Cats Cradle.


  2. manubhardwaj

    (Special form of) 2. Ice-nine
    4. Kurt Vonnegut
    Novel: Cat’s Cradle

    I knew this much, and Wikipedia tells me 3. is H G Wells and 1. some dude called Irving Langmuir.


  3. Anonymous

    1. Irving Langmuir
    2. Ice
    3. HG Wells
    4. Kurt Vonnegut

    Cat’s Cradle.


  4. Dibyo
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    1. Irving Langmuir
    2. Solid Water, which inspired Ice Nine
    3. H G Wells
    4. Kurt Vonnegut, and Cat’s Cradle


  5. As the story goes, Nobel-winning chemist Irving Langmuir (1) was given the duty of entertaining H.G. Wells (2) on a visit to GE. Langmuir described to Wells a hypothetical form of ice (2) that was so stable it would not melt at room temperature. Kurt Vonnegut (4) later wrote about it in Cat’s Cradle, calling it ice-9.

    Good puzzle! I would not have cracked it, except that I recognized Vonnegut.


  6. Sandesh

    1. Langmuir of GE
    2. Its special form of water/ice called Ice-nine
    3. H.G Wells
    4. Vonnegut
    Novel: cat\’s cradle.


  7. duriel
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    1. Irving Langmuir.
    2. Ice-Nine.
    3. H G Wells
    4. Kurt Vonnegut

    Novel: Cat’s Cradle.


  8. varuns88
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    1-Irving Langmuir
    2-Ice Nine
    3-H G Wells
    4-kurt vonnegut


  9. varuns88
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    And the novel is Cat’s Cradle


  10. Ajay Parasuram
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    (4) is Vargas Llosa – “Breakfast of Champions” ?


  11. Mo

    1. Irving Langmuir
    2. Ice 9?
    3. ?
    4. Kurt Vonnegut

    Name of novel: Cat\’s Cradle


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