What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language,... show more
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.
Publish date: 2014-09-02
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, United States
, Literature & Fiction
, Nuclear Physics
If you are the sort of person who loves thinking about strange science questions or how things work, this is for you. Great gift book too.
So many good responses to such crazy questions! Randall Munroe is a physicist and a cartoonist. The result of his two crafts is this book. It was such a pleasant read that I would recommend to science enthusiasts! One of the funniest stories was "What would happen if a hairdryer with continuous po...
And it is all about science and a bit of math. Great read. I'm only on the first few chapters and this is working itself into my favorite books list. What if we all point laser pointers to the moon, would that has a effect? Silly enough? How about swimming in a nuclear plant pool. That's re...
I haven't laughed this hard while reading a book since I glanced through my sister's copy of 50 Shades of Grey. The only difference is this book was really funny.
As this was a library copy, I am buying this book. I already want to reread it. I want to make sure I read ALL the footnotes. Gems, all of them. My favorite parts were the Weird and Worrying Questions from the What If Inbox and the question about swimming in a typical spent nuclear fuel pool. ...