By Randall Munroe
From the author of the wildly renowned webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative solutions to special questions you possibly by no means concept to ask
Millions of individuals stopover at xkcd.com each one week to learn Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings approximately technology, know-how, language, and love have a massive, committed following, as do his deeply researched solutions to his fans’ strangest questions.
The queries he gets diversity from in basic terms extraordinary to downright diabolical:
- What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?
- Could you construct a jetpack utilizing downward-firing computing device guns?
- What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit long island City?
- Are fireplace tornadoes possible?
His responses are masterpieces of readability and wit, gleefully and adequately explaining every little thing from the relativistic results of a baseball pitched at close to the rate of sunshine to the various terrible methods you'll die whereas development a periodic desk out of all of the genuine elements.
The ebook positive factors new and never-before-answered questions, in addition to the most well-liked solutions from the xkcd site. What If? is an informative dinner party for xkcd enthusiasts and someone who likes to think of the hypothetical.
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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe