What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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From the writer of the wildly standard webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to necessary questions you almost certainly never thought to invite.

Millions of other people discuss with each and every week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a big and passionate following.

Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a large number of atypical questions. What when you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 p.c the velocity of sunshine? How briskly are you able to hit a speed bump whilst driving and reside? If there was once a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs pc simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military analysis memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They frequently are expecting your complete annihilation of humankind, or a minimum of a actually massive explosion.

The book options new and never-before-answered questions, in conjunction with up to date and expanded versions of the most well liked answers from the xkcd website online. What If? will likely be required reading for xkcd fans and any person who likes to ponder the hypothetical.

An Amazon Highest Book of the Month, September 2014: What if everyone in the world aimed a laser pointer on the moon on the same time? What if it is advisable drain all of the water from the oceans? What if all of the lightning on this planet struck the similar place? What if there have been a book that thought to be weird, once in a while ridiculous questions, and it was once so compelling that you simply found yourself skimming its pages to determine what would occur when you threw a baseball at gentle speed? With What If, Randall Munroe has written any such book. As he does in his extraordinarily standard xkcd webcomic, Munroe applies reason why and analysis to hypothetical conundrums starting from the philosophical to the scientific (frequently absurd, however never pseudo) that almost definitely appeared awesome to your basic faculty days—however were never sufficiently answered. It’s the rare combination of edifying and amusing. —Jon Foro

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