What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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Hodder & Stoughton, Sep 24, 2015 - Humor - 303 pages
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From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd.com, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions: How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living? How many humans would a T Rex rampaging through New York need to eat a day?

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations and consults nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Hardcover – by Randall Munroe Why I picked this book up: I recently purchased thee “If” books by 2 different authors, by Evelyn ... Read full review

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This is the perfect book for many other people who like physics and goofy, computation-based speculation better than I do. It reminded me a lot of those interminable What if? conversations well educated guys start having when you're trapped in the car with them on a long trip. Read full review

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Randall Munroe is the creator of the webcomic xkcd and author of xkcd: Volume 0. Randall was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and grew up outside Richmond, Virginia. After studying physics at Christopher Newport University, he got a job building robots at NASA Langley Research Center. In 2006 he left NASA to draw comics on the internet full time, and has since been nominated for a Hugo Award three times. The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after him: asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause mass extinction if it ever hits a planet like Earth.

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