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Author : Randall Munroe Pages : 303 pages Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Language : eng ISBN-10 : 0544272994 ISBN-13 : 9780544272 996

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Ran dall Mu nro e left NA SA in 200 5 to star t up his hug ely pop ular


site XK CD 'a we b co mic of ro ma nce , sar cas m, mat h and lan gua ge' whi ch offe rs a witt y tak e on the wor ld of scie nce and gee ks. It no


w has 600 ,00 0 to a mill ion pag e hits dail y. Eve ry no w and the n, Mu nro e wo uld get em ails aski ng him to arbi trat ea scie nce deb ate. 'My frie nd


and I wer e arg uin g abo ut wh at wo uld hap pen if a bull et got stru ck by ligh tnin g, and we agr eed tha t you sho uld res olv e it ... ' He like d the


se que stio ns so mu ch tha t he star ted up Wh at If. If you r cell s sud den ly lost the po wer to divi de, ho w lon g wo uld you sur viv e? Ho w


dan ger ous is it, real ly, to be in a swi mm ing poo l in a thu nde rsto rm? If we hoo ked tur bin es to peo ple exe rcis ing in gy ms, ho w mu ch po wer


cou ld we pro duc e? Wh at if eve ryo ne onl y had one sou lma te? Wh en (if eve r) did the sun go do wn on the Brit ish em pire ? Ho w fast can you hit


a spe ed bu mp whil e driv ing and live ?W hat wo uld hap pen if the mo on we nt aw ay? In pur suit of ans wer s, Mu nro e run s co mp ute r sim


ulat ion s, por es ove r sta cks of dec lass ifie d mili tar y res ear ch me mo s, solv es diff ere ntia l equ atio ns, and con sult s wit h nuc lear rea ctor


ope rat ors. His res pon ses are ma ster pie ces of clar ity and hila rity , stu dde d wit h me mo rabl e cart oon s and info gra phi cs. The y ofte n pre dict


the co mpl ete ann ihil atio n of hu ma nki nd, or at leas ta real ly big exp losi on. Far mo re tha na boo k for gee ks, WH AT IF: Seri ous Sci enti fic Ans wer


s to Abs urd Hyp oth etic al Qu esti ons exp lain s the law s of scie nce in ope rati on in a wa y tha t eve ry inte llig ent rea der will enj oy and feel mu ch the


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