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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2014: What if everyone on earth aimed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time? What if you could drain all the water from the oceans? What if all the lightning in the world struck the same place? What if there were a book that considered weird, sometimes ridiculous questions, and it was so compelling that you found yourself skimming its pages to find out what would happen if you threw a baseball at light speed? With What If, Randall Munroe has written such a book. As he does in his extraordinarily popular xkcd webcomic, Munroe applies reason and research to hypothetical conundrums ranging from the philosophical to the scientific (often absurd, but never pseudo) that probably seemed awesome in your elementary school days—but were never sufficiently answered. It’s the rare combination of edifying and fun. —Jon Foro
It is just what it says, serious answers to absurd questions. While some of the answer start to drift off the exact question asked (mostly because the exact question is either too... Read morePublished 1 hour ago by DDA
Great book with some very humorous but still quite interesting articles on questions that we'd all ask if people wouldn't think we're nuts for doing so. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by D. Settles
Once I picked this book up I couldn't put it down. My wife is in school right now and while she was reading about boring things I was reading about what would happen if our oceans... Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Reptilej
Like so many other reviewers I'm an avid reader of XKCD, so not surprisingly I enjoyed the book. What was a little surprising was how much my 6 year old sun enjoyed several of the... Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Rob Stevens
I learned a lot from this book, whether some individuals' crazy questions or the science behind the answers to "what if" questions.
If you love science, you'll love this book.
If you hate science, you'll love this book too.
Randall (also creator of the fantastic webcomic XKCD) offers us some... Read more
Loved this book. When is the next book by this author going to be released so that I can buy it? :)Published 1 day ago by Justtobreathe
If you have time to waste on learning something not practical at the slightest, read this.Published 2 days ago by Bryan Knox