From the creator of
the wildly popular webcomic xkcd comes this hilarious and informative book of answers
to important questions you probably never thought to ask.
Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall
Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology,
language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask
Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched
at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while
driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity
In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations,
pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential
equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are
masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics.
They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really
The book features new and never-before-answered questions,
along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the
xkcd website. What If? will be
required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical. Download and start listening now!