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What If?

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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What If? by Randall Munroe
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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

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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.

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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.

Author Biography

Randall Munroe is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller What If?, 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, posters, and books. He likes candlelight dinners and long walks on the beach. Very long walks. Lots of people say they like long walks on the beach, but then they get out on the beach and after just an hour or two, they say they're getting tired. Bring a tent. He lives in Massachusetts.
Release date NZ
September 2nd, 2014
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Houghton Mifflin
Pages
320
Dimensions
185x229x36
ISBN-13
9780544272996
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
Product ID
22252204

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