Trying to thoroughly answer a stupid question can take you to some pretty interesting places.
Randall Munroe, ex-NASA employee and author of the wildly popular webcomic XKCD, decides to look at several, undoubtedly, absurd questions and find scientific answers to them.
Nothing is too absurd for him – whether it be the logistics of finding your soulmate to what happens if our moon suddenly disappears –Munroe answers it all.
But I’ve never seen the Icarus story as a lesson about the limitations of humans. I see it as a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
I absolutely loved the tone of voice throughout the book.
There’s no material safety data sheet for astatine. If there were, it would just be the word “NO” scrawled over and over in charred blood.
His hilarious deadpan just absolutely cinched this book for me.
It’s not the fall that kills you, it’s the sudden stop at the end.
Who knew that physics could be so fun?
Honestly, teachers need to stop the whole calculate-the-gravity-of-a-falling-ball shtick and jump on the calculate-the-force-of-wind-turbines-powered-by-people-at-a-gym bandwagon. Seriously, just make learning fun and the rest will go from there.
In short – yes! Loved this one – it was so much fun!
I absolutely LOVED how you can just feel the enthusiasm coming from the reader. Even when he read out the math problems – you can tell that he was into it. Really made the book enjoyable!
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One thought on “What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions – Randall Munroe”
I never would believe if someone said physics=fun. 😂 Would love to read this one. 😱