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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

"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.


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 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, 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.
Release date NZ
September 2nd, 2014
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United States
Houghton Mifflin
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Top 2000
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