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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (original 2014; edition 2014)

by Randall Munroe (Author)

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Title:What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Authors:Randall Munroe (Author)
Info:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2014), Edition: First Edition, 320 pages
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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (2014)

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If you’ve ever wanted to have (almost) serious answers to your totally loony science questions,this is your book! ( )
  TheCrow2 | Dec 18, 2018 |
the audiobook, narrated by will Wheaton, was very good. ( )
  Monica_P | Nov 22, 2018 |
Fun and educational, with solid science and complete lack of common sense. Munroe's research is thourough, sometimes to the point of obsession. A bit like Mythbusters in a book form, but more theoretical and funnier. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
I have this terrible habit, when I like a book, of reading chunks of it out to my friends, family, anyone foolish enough to give me their phone number. When I started reading this, I read the entire preface down the phone to my poor unfortunate mother.

It is that good!

Actually, that's the thing, it's one of those books where you go, "ooh, x will really love that," or "y is going to flip their lid".

It's a pleasing mixture of funny, accurate and that peculiar fire-bugginess that you find in scientists of all stripes.

The cartoons made me giggle, and the rest of it made me think. Definitely recommended. ( )
  redfiona | Sep 17, 2018 |
Is a very interesting book. For somebody that does not study science is a very good way to learn about scientific issues that can affect our daily life. Really enjoy reading it. ( )
  CaroPi | Aug 9, 2018 |
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Munroe, Randallprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barry, PatrickCover designersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gleason, ChristinaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kankaanpää, JaakkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Setterborg, GabrielTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Svenn, GöstaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Svenn, Helena SjöstrandTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wheaton, WilNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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DISCLAIMER
Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, 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. The publisher and the author disclaim responsibility for any adverse effects resulting, directly or indirectly, from information contained in this book.
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I was born in the United States, which means that means that as a child, I learned to think in feet, pounds, (US) gallons, and degrees Fahrenheit.

Preface to the UK edition : a note on units in the United Kingdom.
This book is a collection of answers to hypothetical questions.

Introduction.
Q. What would happen if the Earth and all terrestrial objects suddenly stopped spinning, but the atmosphere retained its velocity?

A. Nearly everyone would die. Then things would get interesting.
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Science is a tool
That can be used to answer
folks' freaky questions.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0544272994, Hardcover)

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 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 xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:30 -0400)

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"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 xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical. "--… (more)

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