- Reading level: 10+ years
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Hodder And Stoughton (27 October 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184854958X
- ISBN-13: 978-1848549586
- Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 189 customer reviews
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Paperback – 27 Oct 2014
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With this book and with XKCD, you're a kid with a chemistry set all over again. [Randall Munroe's] enthusiasm for all things scientific is infectious . . . required reading for grown-ups, it's just fun to remember that science is really, really cool
Smart answers to silly questions: Randall Munroe reveals all
What If? maintains a delightfully free-wheeling tone throughout, especially when complicated calculations lead to whimsical results. Despite all the hard facts and gigantic numbers, it never feels like a textbook-and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy it
The best bathroom book you'll ever buy...Munroe takes inane, useless and often quite pointless questions asked by real humans (mostly sent to him through his website), and turns them into beautiful expositions on the impossible that illuminate the furthest reaches, almost to the limits, of the modern sciences .The first chapter, "Q. What would happen if the Earth and all terrestrial objects suddenly stopped spinning, but the atmosphere retained its velocity?" ends with the anthropomorphized moon worrying over the state of the Earth, and, with the gravity generated by its own rotation around the Earth, saving our dying planet. The physics are real; so is the emotional content. . . The answers are all illustrated with xkcd's trademark stick figures.. . . . and these are eminently approachable
What If? includes old favorites, new inquiries and the mix of expert research and accessible wit that has made Munroe a favorite among both geeks and laymen
Munroe's brilliant What-If? column-which features scientifically rigorous, utterly absurd answers to ridiculous hypotheticals-has been on the bestseller lists since it was announced in March. Today, it hits shelves and: It. Is. A. Triumph
[What If?] has solved my annual birthday-present and holiday-gift dilemmas for a large group of people . . . What makes Munroe's work so fantastic is a combination of two elements: his commitment to trying to answer even the weirdest question with solid science, and his undeniable sense of humour. So, here's a "What If?" from me: If everyone on the planet simultaneously bought a copy of this book, stopped what they were doing and read it cover to cover, would modern civilization and our global economy collapse? It's worth trying the experiment.
For the record, I'm loving XKCD's What If -- 'Dear Abby for mad scientists'
Munroe has hit on a wonderful form of science and engineering communication that can do so much-extolling the value of analytical thinking, examining data, and doing back-of-the-envelope calculations-while entertaining readers at the same time . . . an incredibly fun book with quirky, hand-drawn pictures
Science's most intriguing questions answered by the web's favourite writer, the genius behind xkcd.com.
Munroe's hilarious and compelling answers explain everything from the odds of meeting your one true soulmate to how many humans a rampaging T-Rex would need to eat a day.See all Product description
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It is an absolutely great book to gift to teenagers and kids (older than 9 yrs).
We only have conversations with friends about this kind of material and often times are not accurate in our discussions, but now you can impress your friends by using Science to argue and answer amazing questions like my personal favorite- can guns be used as a rocket.
A hilarious and inspiring read!
A very good read for fun loving non technical guys who wants to understand things without unnecessary (for them) jargon and mathematics...over all a lovely book to have....
It is dangerously addictive and leaves the reader to question their own sanity or burst out laughing or enjoy a dark moment.
The quirky, stick-figures add a beautiful touch to it.
All-in-all, an irresistible read.
And remember, there are no "stupid" questions.
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