What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (Hardcover)

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This is a book full of scenarios that illustrate science in the best possible way. Munroe picks weird and impractical questions from an assortment of submissions and thinks them through logically, applying science to both informative and hilarious effect. Whether you have an hour or ten minutes, there’s something here to entertain. The science is thorough, the questions absurd, and the stick-figure illustrations whimsical. The combination is absolutely worth picking up. ~ Jo

— From Jo

This is a book full of scenarios that illustrate science in the best possible way. Munroe picks weird and impractical questions from an assortment of submissions and thinks them through logically, applying science to both informative and hilarious effect. Whether you have an hour or ten minutes, there’s something here to entertain. The science is thorough, the questions absurd, and the stick-figure illustrations whimsical. The combination is absolutely worth picking up. ~ Jo

— From Staff Favorites 2014

Description


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.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780544272996
ISBN-10: 0544272994
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2014
Pages: 320
Language: English