What If?: Serious Scientific Answers To Absurd Hypothetical Questions

byRandall Munroe

Hardcover | 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 is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer , the science question-and-answer blog What If, and the popular webcomic xkcd. A former NASA roboticist, he left the agency in 2006 to draw comics on the Internet full-time, supporting himself through the sale of xkcd t-shirts, prints,...
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Title:What If?: Serious Scientific Answers To Absurd Hypothetical QuestionsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:320 pages, 9 X 7 X 1.17 inShipping dimensions:320 pages, 9 X 7 X 1.17 inPublished:September 2, 2014Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544272994

ISBN - 13:9780544272996

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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