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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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From the creator of the wildly popular, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions visit each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions: How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living? How many humans would a T Rex rampaging through New York need to eat a day? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations and consults nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.

HumourCartoons & comic stripsScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPopular science Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division Publication Date: 24/09/2015 ISBN-13: 9781848549562  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Randall Munroe is the creator of the webcomic xkcd and author of xkcd: Volume 0. 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, and has since been nominated for a Hugo Award three times. The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after him: asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause mass extinction if it ever hits a planet like Earth.

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If you’ve ever wanted to know the most expensive way to fill a shoebox, or whether or not you could make a lava lamp using real lava, then this is the book for you! Randall Monroe has the answers to these and many more of the pressing questions of our time. Needless to say its loads of fun, but also contains lots of ingenious and surprising scientific insights.

Ben, Web Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 10/09/2015


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