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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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From the writer of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to essential questions you almost certainly never thought to ask.

Millions of people seek advice from xkcd.com 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 numerous odd questions. What in case you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast are you able to hit a speed bump even as driving and live? If there used to be 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 continuously predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or a minimum of a in reality big explosion.

The book features new and never-before-answered questions, at the side of up to date and expanded versions of the preferred answers from the xkcd web page. What If? will likely be required reading for xkcd fans and someone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2014: What if everyone on the planet aimed a laser pointer on the moon on the same time? What if that you must drain all of the water from the oceans? What if all of the lightning on this planet struck the same place? What if there were a book that thought to be weird, now and again ridiculous questions, and it used to be so compelling that you found yourself skimming its pages to find out what would happen in case you threw a baseball at light speed? With What If, Randall Munroe has written this sort of book. As he does in his extraordinarily popular xkcd webcomic, Munroe applies reason and research to hypothetical conundrums ranging from the philosophical to the scientific (continuously absurd, but never pseudo) that probably gave the impression awesome in your elementary school days—but were never sufficiently answered. It’s the rare combination of edifying and fun. —Jon Foro

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