What If?: Serious Scientific Answers To Absurd Hypothetical Questions

September 2, 2014|
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers To Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
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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 an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans’ strangest questions.

The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical:

• What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?

• Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?

• What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City?

• Are fire tornadoes possible?

His responses are masterpieces of clarity and wit, gleefully and accurately explaining everything from the relativistic effects of a baseball pitched at near the speed of light to the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements.

The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with the most popular answers from the xkcd website.What If?is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.
RANDALL MUNROE, a former NASA roboticist, is the creator of the webcomic xkcd and the author ofxkcd: volume 0. The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after him; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits a planet like earth.
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Title:What If?: Serious Scientific Answers To Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:320 pages, 9 X 7 X 1.17 in
Shipping dimensions:320 pages, 9 X 7 X 1.17 in
Published:September 2, 2014
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780544272996

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