'Pataphysics is also defined by Jarry as the "science of imaginary solutions."
According to Jarry, the apostrophe (') is always added before the word to avoid a pun in French.
(The exact pun to be avoided is the subject of some debate. The debate itself -- being, in essense, a debate about a subject which may not truly exist, but exist as another joke by Jarry -- might itself be considered a 'pataphysical search, for an "imaginary solution" to an imaginary problem!)
Likewise, string theory and quantum calculations are, increasingly, not descriptive of an actual reality, but are simply mathematical pataphors. (P. Lopez) See also pataphor.
Bob: Dude WTF!?