What If?

What If? 1

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

by Randall Munroe

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 29/09/2015

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Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site XKCD, 'a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language' which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks.

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators.

Far more than a book for geeks, 'What If?' explains the laws of science in operation in a way that every intelligent reader will enjoy and feel much the smarter for having read.

ISBN:
9781848549562
9781848549562
Category:
Science: general issues
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
29-09-2015
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x24mm
Weight:
0.22kg
Randall Munroe

Randall Munroe is the creator of the webcomic xkcd and bestselling author of What If?, Thing Explainer and 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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  • Great fun for the bored genius in your family

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    Guaranteed to keep the interest of the smartest person in any room, this book uses intelligence and humour to solve many 'what if' arguments. It sounds silly, but it's great fun and recommended. Ideal as a Christmas gift for somebody who is hard to buy for.