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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 36 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: September 2, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LV2F1ZA
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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Audiobook – Unabridged
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Even though I'd already read the other 49%, I re-read them and was glad I did, as Munroe has added a few things here and there; plus, this stuff is just eminently re-readable. It's the perfect combination of irreverent, rigorous, technical, and fascinating. I look forward to every new "What If" (he posts them each Tuesday or Wednesday) and am always delighted to read the latest.
Even if you've read every "What if" ever posted to the website, this book is still for you - it's especially for you! This is a great way to enjoy older questions and answers over again, updated, and to share them with new people, and the new questions and answers - never featured on the website - are delightful; I won't spoil it for you, but my favorite has to be the answer to "If a bullet with the density of a neutron star were fired from a handgun (ignoring the how) at the Earth's surface, would the Earth be destroyed?"
If you have even a passing interest in science and ever enjoy daydreaming about the fantastic or the ridiculous, this book is for you. If you don't think that you enjoy those things, this book will prove to you that you do.
Also, this is a really great gift idea for basically anyone in your life who can read. Kids will love it, adults will love it (I'm ordering a copy for my dad's birthday), and they will be hooked from the first page (who hasn't wondered what would happen if the Earth suddenly stopped spinning?)
Gift season is coming up; thanks to this book my Christmas shopping will be a great deal easier. I don't usually write reviews, but I logged in and made an exception here. I cannot offer higher praise. Enjoy!
I pre-ordered this book in June and enough time had elapsed in the ensuing weeks that I was pleasantly surprised and mildly curious when a nondescript package arrived at my door late last night.
As I ripped the corrugated cardboard open I was assaulted by bright red embossing on a tasteful white cover. "What If?" The dust jacket inquired.
I was reminded of the eponymous Hitchhikers Guide with the words "...DON'T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover."
Firstly, the quality of the printing if excellent. Images are crisp and the book has a nice weight and expensive feel.
Randall's signature attention to detail is prevalent throughout the entire construction from the map on the inside of the dust jacket to the excellent footnotes sprinkled throughout the text.
I do not think I am going to far in saying that this book is the epitome of scientific inquiry.
Ask questions, learn something.
It manages to educate, empower, and entertain all in the same stroke.
Mr. Munroe has joined the likes of Bill Nye, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, and Richard Feynman in the echelon of excellent science communicators.
Some of the questions answered here are on the website, but that shouldn't stop you from buying this book. If you don't appreciate the effort to research the gravitational force of an apple (either the fruit or the electronic gadget), you may not fully appreciate this book. However, if you get a kick out of nerdy minutia (and know what minutia means), this is DEFINITELY the book for you.
Will any of this new knowledge save you, or your loved ones? Probably not. However, you can have the satisfaction knowing that you have researched what the earth would look like if all the water drained down the Mariana Trench. And have cute stick-figure drawings to show people, in case they, too, want to know this information.