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 last?
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 big explosion.
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.
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better than Wil Wheaton, formerly of Star Trek, to narrate this
romp through the world of Randall Munroe—physicist, roboticist, and editor of
the website xkcd?…Wheaton’s ambitious performance
meshes perfectly with the perspectives and humor of the author. Missing from
the audio are the signature stick-figure cartoons from the printed book and
website, but Wheaton’s outstanding inflections, pacing, cadence, and timing
more than compensate for the loss. So if you want to be thoroughly entertained
while discovering what would happen if the world suddenly stopped spinning or a
drain appeared in the bottom of the ocean, this audiobook deserves space on
your listening device.”