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- 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 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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* What would happen if a pitcher threw a baseball at close to the speed of light? (a massive explosion)
* What if you had a bullet with the density of a neutron star? (it'd sink well into the earth, or if well-supported it would be near-impossible to touch it because of its local gravitational effects -- at least not without the blood vessels in your fingers rupturing and your blood pooling into a distorted sphere around it)
* What would happen if all your DNA suddenly, just, weren't there? (you probably would die as if you had undergone severe chemotherapy, or eaten one of the most toxic mushrooms in the world)
If you're on the fence about this book, you can read a fair bit of it on the original What If? site. That should give you enough of the flavor to know whether you should pick it up yourself. But you'll have to buy the book for some of its totally-new questions and answers (and to enjoy some of the loonier submitted questions, interspersed within the book for comic relief), one of which coincidentally was submitted by my current roommate. :-) (Mini-disclosure!)
Having read the blog and been entertained by it, and having plenty of other things to read, I wasn't in a rush to pick this up, so I waited for it to be on sale. If it's on sale when you're looking at it, definitely pick it up. Otherwise, I'd say pick it up whenever you need a palate cleanser.
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!