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Main Title What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions /
Author Munroe, Randall,
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,
Year Published 2014
OCLC Number 872620028
ISBN 9780544272996; 0544272994; 0544456866; 9780544456860; 9781848549562; 1848549563
Subjects Science--Miscellanea ; Physics ; Questions and answers ; SCIENCE--Physics
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ELBM  Q173.M965 2014 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 04/26/2023
Collation xii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-303).
Contents Notes
"Millions of people visit each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last? 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. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical"--Provided by publisher.