What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Download What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions PDF book free online – From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to askMillions 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.
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About the Author
Randall Munroe is the author of the popular webcomic xkcd and the science questionandanswer blog What If? Randall was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and grew up outside Richmond. After graduating with a degree in physics from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, he got a job building robots at NASA’s Langley Research Center. In 2006 he left NASA to draw comics on the Internet full time, supporting himself through the sale of xkcd tshirts, 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. –Este texto se refiere a la edición audioCD.
Review of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
What If? is one of my Internet must-reads, and I look forward to each new installment, and always read it with delight.– “Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author”
Required reading across the world.– “New York Times”
Munroe applies reason and research to hypothetical conundrums ranging from the philosophical to the scientific (often absurd but never pseudo) that probably seemed awesome in your elementary school days-but were never sufficiently answered. It’s the rare combination of edifying and fun.– “Amazon.com, editorial review”
Who better than Wil Wheaton, formerly of Star Trek, to narrate this romp through the world of Randall Munroe-physicist, roboticist, and editor of the website xkcd?…Wheaton’s ambitious performance meshes perfectly with the perspectives and humor of the author. Missing from the audio are the signature stick-figure cartoons from the printed book and website, but Wheaton’s outstanding inflections, pacing, cadence, and timing more than compensate for the loss. So if you want to be thoroughly entertained while discovering what would happen if the world suddenly stopped spinning or a drain appeared in the bottom of the ocean, this audiobook deserves space on your listening device.