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What If?

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
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"Hilarious learning experience"
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Well researched and well written, asks questions you may have always wondered or never thought of, then explains the science behind it really well, easy to read from cover to cover

"Great fun, lots to think about"
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Hilarious book with questions from whacky to plain funny. Will appeal to any science, engineering or alternate thinkers. Great for atrting conversations and debates

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Seriously, from the creator of Time who taught us all to Wait For It comes this very brilliant and somewhat disturbing collection of (sort of) serious answers to extremely strange questions.


A special 10th anniversary edition of WHAT IF?, the classic million-copy best-seller from the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, featuring new material that asks What If? x 10. This "brilliant" (Rolling Stone) book offers hilarious and informative answers to absurd questions you probably never thought to ask. 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? What if everyone only had one soulmate? What would happen if the moon went away? In pursuit of answers, Munroe ran computer simulations, pored over stacks of declassified military research memos, solved differential equations, and consulted 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.) In celebration of 10 years, Randall Munroe has revised his classic blockbuster to ask What If? x 10. What happens when you up the stakes by a factor of ten? The result is a 10X adventure of scientific insight and inquiry. Featuring brand new 2 color annotations and illustrations, this special anniversary edition is far more than a book for geeks, What If? explains the laws of science in operation in a way that every intelligent reader will enjoy and feel much smarter for having read.

Author Biography:

RANDALL MUNROE, a former NASA roboticist, is the creator of the webcomic xkcd and the author of xkcd: 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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September 2nd, 2014
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