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What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions

Author: Randall Munroe
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Millions of people visit xkcd.com 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,  Read more...
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All Authors / Contributors: Randall Munroe
ISBN: 9780544272996 0544272994 0544456866 9780544456860 9781848549562 1848549563
OCLC Number: 872620028
Awards: Short-listed for Goodreads Choice Awards 2014 (UK)
Description: xii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Global windstorm --
Relativistic baseball --
Spent fuel pool --
Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #1 --
New York-style time machine --
Soul mates --
Laser pointer --
Periodic wall of the elements --
Everybody jump --
A mole of moles --
Hair dryer --
Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #2 --
The last human light --
Machine-gun jetpack --
Rising steadily --
Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #3 --
Orbital submarine --
Short-answer section --
Lightning --
Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #4 --
Human computer --
Little planet --
Steak drop --
Hockey puck --
Common cold --
Glass half empty --
Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #5 --
Alien astronomers --
No more DNA --
Interplanetary Cessna --
Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #6 --
Yoda --
Flyover states --
Falling with helium --
Everybody out --
Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #7 --
Self-fertilization --
High throw --
Lethal neutrinos --
Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #8 --
Speed bump --
Lost immortals --
Orbital speed --
FedEx bandwidth --
Free fall --
Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #9 --
Sparta --
Drain the oceans --
Drain the oceans : part II --
Twitter --
Lego bridge --
Longest sunset --
Random sneeze call --
Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #10 --
Expanding Earth --
Weightless arrow --
Sunless Earth --
Updating a printed Wikipedia --
Facebook of the dead --
Sunset on the British Empire --
Stirring tea --
All the lightning --
Loneliest human --
Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #11 --
Raindrop --
SAT guessing --
Neutron bullet --
Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #12 --
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Other Titles: Serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions
Responsibility: Randall Munroe.

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Science's most intriguing questions answered by the web's favourite writer, the genius behind xkcd.com.Munroe's hilarious and compelling answers explain everything from the odds of meeting your one  Read more...

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An essential holiday companion * Nature * It will satisfy the curious and arouse curiosity in anyone who's not - and it's got great jokes * Irish Times * Funny and fascinating: brilliant for dinner Read more...

 
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