What if?

serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions

303 pages

English language

Published Aug. 8, 2014

ISBN:
9780544272996
OCLC Number:
872620028

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4 stars (18 reviews)

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 a large and passionate following. 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? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults 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. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the …

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Review of 'What if?' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

DISCLAIMERDo not try any of this at home. The author of this review is an Internet reviewer, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. Goodreads and the author disclaim responsibility for any adverse effects resulting, directly or indirectly, from the information contained in this review.If you want to learn how to walk a batter (throwing the ball at 90% the speed of light), survive swimming in a spent nuclear fuel pool, create a jetpack out of machine guns, create a planet solely of moles (to be precise, a mole of moles), create a new star with a hairdryer, cook a steak by dropping it from space, or how to make the Netherlands take over the world, this is the book for you.This book has about 57,000 words.If you read at an …

Review of 'What If?' on Goodreads

5 stars

Received this as an early birthday gift and it was worth the read. After having this on my Amazon wish list for ages I was very happy to dive in and laugh for nearly 300 pages. If you want to give a geeky friend a gift, look no further. Munroe is just as funny in writing as his stick figures are.
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Subjects

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Miscellanea
  • Science
  • Questions and answers
  • Physics