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What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to launch his popular XKCD website ‘a romance, sarcasm, math and language web comic’ offering an ingenious insight into the world of science and geeks. You now have between 600,000 and one million pages every day. Sometimes Munroe has received emails asking him to arbitrate a scientific debate. ‘My friend and I were arguing about what would happen if lightning struck a bullet, and it was agreed that it should be resolved. . . He liked these questions so much that he started What If.

If your cells suddenly lose the power to divide, how long would you survive?

How dangerous is it really to be in a thunderstorm in a swimming pool?

How much energy can we generate if we connect turbines for people who work out in gyms?

What if they all had one soul?

When (if ever) did the sun set on the British Empire?

How fast can you hit a speed bump if you drive and live?

What would happen if the moon disappeared?

In search of solutions, Munroe conducts computer simulations, pores over piles of decentralized military research notes, solves differential equations and consults them with nuclear reactor operators. His answers are masterpieces of clarity and nostalgia, filled with memorable cartoons and infographics. They often foresee the complete destruction of mankind, or at least a great explosion. MUCH YES: Serious scientific answers to absurd theoretical questions, much more than a book for geeks, explain the laws of science in action in a way that all intelligent readers will enjoy and feel much more intelligent while reading.

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

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