Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
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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.
It will be, you'll see...
I've been reading 'What If?' since the website started, and it's one of those sites that I compulsively check in on every week in order to get my latest dose of physics fueled humour.
Randall Munroe is a very very smart man, who also happens to be extremely funny. A great combination.
I haven't read the book yet (pre-ordered), but I know the content we can expect. And it is genius...
This book is a “must read” for anyone with an interest is science or anything generally geeky. Do a web search for “XKCD” - read a couple, and if you laugh, buy this book. I’m not sure I’ll ever look at a half-empty glass of water the same….