Saturday, August 8, 2015

What If? by Randall Munroe

Have you ever wondered what would happen if the world stopped spinning?  If you tried to collect all the elements from the periodic table?  If the “glass half empty” glass was literally half empty?  Then reading What If? Serious Scientific Answer to Absurd Hypothetical Questions is sure to satisfy you need for answers to some truly ridiculous (and thoroughly entertaining) questions. 

Munroe, a former NASA roboticist and the author of the hugely popular webcomic xkcd, delves into the science behind readers’ fantastically farfetched scientific queries.  His analysis is comprehensive, combing through every facet and eventuality in hilarious detail - complete with illustrations to demonstrate just how impossible most of these situations are.

The best part about this book (and there are a lot of great parts) is the fact that he makes science approachable, even for those with little scientific acumen to speak of (like myself).  Be prepared to laugh, because as you’d imagine, the answer to most of these questions will be an emphatic “NO” - the fun is the explanation why.  If you’re an audiobook fan, What If? is masterfully narrated by Wil Wheaton.  Recommended to anyone with a love of science, humor, or a perfect combination of both.

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