Humor in corrosion science and engineering education

Alec Groysman

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The aim of this work is to analyze humor on 'macro' level and give examples of its use in teaching of corrosion science and engineering. Many subjects and objects in the corrosion discipline are cither difficult for understanding or boring. For instance, Pourbaix diagrams or microbiologically induced corrosion. A little attention is paid to humor in teaching of subject of corrosion. Humor includes jokes, anecdotes, humorous wits and aphorisms, parody, funny pictures and movies, and pantomime. Diversification of the corrosion discipline by humor results in improvement of learning material adoption. Moreover humor "beautifies" understanding of different subjects seeming dull and unattractive. Experience and examples of use of humor in corrosion science and engineering education are shown in the book "Corrosion for Everybody" published by Springer. My slogan is "A day without laughter is a day wasted" (Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin).

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventEuropean Corrosion Congress, EUROCORR 2016 - Montpellier, France
Duration: 11 Sep 201615 Sep 2016


ConferenceEuropean Corrosion Congress, EUROCORR 2016

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  • Corrosion engineering
  • Corrosion science
  • Education
  • Humor
  • Teaching


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