What If?

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

By Randall Munroe
(Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780544272996, 320pp.)

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

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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 an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans strangest questions. The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical: What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool? Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns? What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City? Are fire tornadoes possible? His responses are masterpieces of clarity and wit, gleefully and accurately explaining everything from the relativistic effects of a baseball pitched at near the speed of light to the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with the most popular answers from the xkcd website. "What If? "is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.



About the Author
Randall Munroe is the author of the #1 "New York Times" bestseller "What If?", the science question-and-answer blog What If, and the popular webcomic xkcd. 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, supporting himself through the sale of xkcd t-shirts, prints, posters, and books. He likes candlelight dinners and long walks on the beach. Very long walks. Lots of people say they like long walks on the beach, but then they get out on the beach and after just an hour or two, they say they re getting tired. Bring a tent. He lives in Massachusetts.


NPR
Sunday, Sep 7, 2014

In a new book, Randall Munroe â?? creator of the web comic xkcd and a former NASA roboticist â?? tackles pressing questions like What would happen if all of humanity jumped at once in Rhode Island? More at NPR.org

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