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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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  andycyca | Aug 6, 2019 |
From one very serious audio-book to a very funny one! What If answers those really odd questions you've always had with science! The author, [a:Randall Munroe|3089156|Randall Munroe|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1406058780p2/3089156.jpg], was a former roboticist with NASA who quit his job to draw XKCD, a very funny comic. Then, he started drawing What If, using both his science and his stick people to answer reader submitted questions such as "How long would it take for a 7 kg bowling ball to sink to the bottom of the Mariana Trench?" Answer-Bowling balls under 12.13 pounds/5.5 kg float. A 7 kg bowling ball would take about 2 hours and 20 minutes to sink to the bottom of the trench.

I love science when it's answering questions such as this one. Why not answer the odd questions of the world? The audio-book is narrated by [a:Wil Wheaton|37075|Wil Wheaton|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1356706649p2/37075.jpg], which makes up for the lack of comics which appear in the print version. A very funny read, and a great nonfiction novel about some pretty silly subject matter. ( )
  rkcraig88 | Jul 15, 2019 |
Wonderful, but a bit short. That is my only real complaint about this book. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
I enjoy Wil Wheaton's voice, so I chose this for road trip listening with Elijah. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | Apr 6, 2019 |
If you are curious about a broad range of scientific subjects and would like an engaging discussion that is neither too dry nor dumbed-down, try this. If you enjoy Randall Munroe, you'll love this book. If you prefer Marlon Perkins or Sir Richard Attenborough, maybe this will be too weird, but you need to appreciate weirdness if you expect to appreciate science, even casually. ( )
  deeEhmm | Apr 3, 2019 |
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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
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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 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
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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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