[PDF/EBOOK] What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical uestions ↠ Randall Munroe
Beanworld Vol 2 eRead There s some decent science in there but it wasn t anywhere nearly as brain taxing as I dxpected Munroe does a brilliant job of A Righteous Kill The Shakespearean Suspense 1 explaining very complex concepts simply That s a rare gift The other surprise is how much it pulled me in Ixpected to read the book in dribs and drabs over a couple weeks Instead I tore through it That s not usually the case for me with non fiction books In brief it s worth your time Even if you haven t read his comic Even if you haven t Human Factors Engineering Guidelines Amp Preferred Practices For The Design Of Medical Devices ever heard of Randall Munroe Even if you re not into science You should pick this up and read it You ll be glad you did AMAZING BOOK I love love love it and frankly there s no better book to read on the toilet Off the toilet too but I learned so much and the writing is songaging and ntertaining and just MARVELOUS Of course in the style of xkcd this and Atlas Obscura would be my go to book gifts this year This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ver seenDo not try any of this at home The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist not a health or safety Helmut Newton expert He likes it when things catch fire orxplode which means he does not have your best interests in mind The publisher and the author disclaim responsibility for any adverse Computer Evidence effects resulting directly or indirectly from information contained in this bookThat disclaimer really sets the tone for this fun book about science Dangerous ideas ahead folks Don t get too close these things could kill yaRandall Munroe used to work at NASA and now he creates the webcomic XKCD which sounds less stressful than the NASA gig On his website he takes absurd hypothetical uestions from readers and tries to answer some of them Here are some of my favorite uestions in this bookWhat would happen ifveryone on Earth stood as close to Introduction To Biblical Hermeneutics each other as they could and jumpedveryone landing on the ground at the same instantIf The Beach Cafe Amp The Voice every human somehow simply disappeared from the face of the Earth how long would it be before the last artificial light source would go outHow long could a nuclear submarine last in orbitFrom what height would you need to drop a steak for it to be cooked when it hit the groundIfveryone on the planet stayed away from Sissy Assignments 61 Thru 70 each other for a couple of weeks wouldn t the common cold be wiped outWhich US state is actually flown over the mostIs therenough The Snow Lambs energy to move thentire current human population off planetHow high can a human throw somethingHow fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and liveWhen if No Tomorrow ever will the bandwidth of the Internet surpass that of FedExHow uickly would the oceans drain if a circular portal 10 meters in radius leading into space were created at the bottom of Challenger Deep the deepest spot in the ocean How would the Earth change as the water was being drainedHow many Lego bricks would it take to build a bridge capable of carrying traffic from London to New York Have that many Lego bricks been manufacturedWhat would happen to the Earth if the Sun suddenly switched offIf you are interested to know any of the answers to those uestions this book is for you What made this so much fun aside from the ridiculous uestions is Munroe s sense of humor Several times I laughed out loud at his drawings and his answers which is not something that usually happens when I m reading about science Oh and be sure to read his footnotes which haveven jokesI think this book would be a great gift for kids who love to ask crazy uestions about how the world works I think I would have loved it when I was 10 I need to thank my GR friend Brendon for pointing out this marvelous book because I had never heard of the author before It s the miracle of Goodreads This is one of the most Reis Que Amaram Como Rainhas entertaining books I havever read And I have read over 10 books Trying to thoroughly answer a stupid uestion can take you to some pretty interesting places Randall Munroe ex NASAmployee and author of the wildly popular webcomic XKCD decides to look at several undoubtedly absurd uestions and find scientific answers to themNothing 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 nd 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 falling ball shtick and jump on the calculate the force of wind powered by people at a gym *Bandwagon Seriously Just Make * Seriously just make fun and the rest will go from thereIn short yes Loved this one it was so much funAudiobook CommentsI absolutely LOVED how you can just feel the nthusiasm coming from the reader Even when he read out the math problems you can tell that he was into it Really made the book Kant And His German Contemporaries enjoyableYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading But it turns out that trying to thoroughly answer a stupid uestion can take you to some pretty interesting places Randall Munroe of xkcdcom fame a former physicist and NASA roboticsmployee turned brilliant comics artist can come to my house for tea and in depth discussion of hypothetical scenarios based on the world s dumbest uestions while showing me his back of the napkin math which I will blindly believe as it will just whoosh over my head like a jet plane any time Dear Mr Munroe please consider this a standing invitationWhen I was five I was trying to figure out how difficult it would be to reach the a standing invitationWhen I was five I was trying to figure out how difficult it would be to reach the if I were to stack chairs on top of The Vision Of Eden each other for a head start beginning thisnterprise from the roof of a 9 story building I was sure about a 1000 would do I should have just contacted Randall Munroe DISCLAIMER Do not try any of this at home The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist not a health or safety Hermann Hesse expert He likes it when things catch fire orxplode which means he does not have your best interests in mind This book will provide you with detailed physics and mathematics solutions to a plethora of ahem interesting uestions I picked a few just to convey to you how deep the sheer awesomeness of What If goes From what height would you need to drop a steak for it to be cooked when it hit the ground Munroe approaches this very important uestion with scientific rigor After consulting literature on the steak drag coefficient US military studies from the Cold War Frugal Living For Dummies era research papers on the heating of ICBM nose cones as they reenter the atmosphere and a cookbook duh making an assumption that Steaks can probably survive breaking the sound barrier and after making amazing graphs such as the one below he finally comes to the obvious conclusion that we should drop the steak over Pittsburgh because of the tradition of Pittsburgh rare steaks there and ourlegant answer is So drop your steak from a suborbital rocket send out a collectio. Bro a más de 13 metros Con práctica s posible llegar a lanzar un libro cada 800 milisegundos lo ue significa ue si un agresor te stuviera persiguiendo podrías tener tres o cuatro oportunidades de golpearlo antes de ue te alcanzara Si Neues Jahrbuch F R Mineralogie Geologie Und Pal Eontologie Vol 2 en cambiol ataue fuera por parte de un coyote ue corre a la máxima velocidad ue puede solo tendrías una oportunidad ¡Apunta bien¿ué pasaría si Scapa 1919 es un libro de divulg. What would happen ifvery geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morningA Actually less than you d thinkFirst a little background about this book If you re a geek it s unputdownable a word that if you think carefully means cannot be put down You may not be aware of this fact since the word is nearly always misused So the geek who receives it is going to carry on reading through breakfast through lunch while he s supposed to be working and on through dinner ignoring the non geek guests who have come to visit He ll interrupt conversations The Hermeneutic Nature Of Analytic Philosophy every now and then to ask things like Could you build a bridge across the Atlantic out of Lego bricks or How close would you need to be to a supernova to be killed by the neutrino flux He ll finish just as the last guest leavesThere is a common myth most likely spread by geeks that what they do is somehow pretty important to Western civilization If you reasily impressed by this kind of propaganda you might The Secret Cyclist expect that markets will crash as geek traders neglect their buy signals nuclearxperiments will Veto Message Of Governor John Sparks explode as geek scientists look away from their control panels and terrorists will strike with impunity as geek intelligence analysts fail to turn up for work All that sounds pretty badBut let s stop and consider for a moment Is any of the above geek behavior novel or unpredictable Hardly Geeks are always doing this kind of thing and society has learned to work around them Important as they may be in the long run there s always some dependable non geek person ready to step in just in case the geek in uestion has stayed up all night playing Halo or watching a Star Wars marathon The non geek will cover for them until the geek has got over their fifteen hour internet speed chess session and is ready to do whatever it is they re actually being paid to doSo delivering a copy of What If tovery geek in the world will only really have two important When Someone You Love Is Addicted To Alcohol Or Drugs effects It will make a great many geeks very happy and assuming of course that the copies are paid for it will turn Randall Munroe into a billionaireAnd who could possibly have anything against that Myvil plan of reading this book in small doses aloud to my students during math class has worked Several of them have bought their own copies and they are I believe planning to use their math skills for good and not for world domination Mr Munroe includes some weird and worrying uestions from his website s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer one favourite wasIf you saved a whole life s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss how much suction force would that single kiss haveI guess the answer might be what pharmaceutical products have you ingested during the last four hours or May I speak to your parents Another person named Jon Merrill askedHow fast would a human have to run in order to be cut in half at the bellybutton by a cheese cutting wire Answer has to be as fast as I will be running if I ver meet you Jon And a person called Kenneth askedWhat if very day very human had a 1 per cent chance of being turned into a turkey and very turkey had a one percent chance of being turned into a human Randall does not provide a response to that one but I would have said Kenneth if only life were like that Wouldn t it be fabulousEverybody likes this book and I liked half of it the other half was so far over my head it might have been a distant Andean condor croaking Sanskrit into a Bluetooth headset Some of the stuff Randall devotes pages of detailed analysis to did not tickle my ivories likeWhat would happen if a hair dryer with continuous power were turned on and put into an airtight 1 x 1 x 1 meter box I mean get a life Who the flook cares about a hair dryer in a box But many are very interesting He tackles the old chestnutWhat would happen of veryone on Earth stood as close to ach other as they could and jumped veryone landing on the ground at the same time He picks Rhode Island it s just big nough for Herb Brooks everyone on Earth surprisingly as a designated place where thisvent might be staged and imagines the result In regard to the jump and the landing itself not so much would result But then he imagines the implications of all those people trying to get back home from Rhode Island It s terrible it s an apocalypse If this mass jumping King For Ever event was actually staged it would cause the immediate termination of civilisation and the death of billions Thedge of the crowd spreads outward into southern
MASSACHUSETTS AND CONNECTICUT ANY TWO WHO MEET ARE and Any two people who meet are to have a language in common and almost nobody knows the area The state becomes a chaotic patchwork of coalescing and collapsing social hierarchies Violence is common Yes it is a nice book but I do not recommend that you wolf down this book as I did in 2 days because it s like TOO MUCH and it can get annoying You keep thinking of your own absurd uestions How many soldier ants would it take to chew through my leg in one hour And would I survive And really there is one uestion which I really want to ask Randall it s actually been something I have been wondering about for a long time you know those vending machines stuffed full of really unhealthy chocs and crisps and cokes Well imagine a person was chained to one of those and had an infinite amount of small change within arms reach Then imagine the vending machine gets refilled by the usual contractor in the usual way who never notices the chained person So how long would it take the captive to die from a constant diet of crap If they were only Four Corners Level 4 Workbook eating chocs and crisps and drinking cokes A month Six months A YEAR It s really bugging me I may have to launch a practicalxperiment I ve been a reader of XKCD for ages Not just a reader a fan A big goey geeky fan So much of a fan that when I heard about this book I went so far as to abuse my power as an author to get an Advance Reading Copy of the book so that I could September Sacrifice enjoy its deliciousness sooner And y know taunt people on the internet And it worked I got anarly copy And I treasured it I know taunt people on the internet And it worked I got an Military Tribunals Amp Presidential Power early copy And I treasured it I it It was precious to me Precious Then life got in the way Conventions Promotion for my own book launch I had dad stuff to do I had prep work for the yearly Worldbuilders fundraiser Then I had my book tour Through all of this I carried my precious ARC around waiting for the time when I d be able to spare the brainpower to read it Iven took it on tour with me Honestly this book has freuent flier miles than any three of you put togetherIt wasn t until I got back home that I started it I wanted something to read before I went to bed and I picked What If because I was worried if I picked up another book I d be reading half the night and it would screw up my already dysfunctional sleep schedule Despite my best intentions I read half the book that night It cost me precious sleep I couldn t afford to lose But I don t regret it Not a bit It s clever but if you know anything about Randall Munroe that won t come as a surprise to you And it s funny and witty which are two different things by the way But again to readers of XKCD this won t come as any sort of surprise The surprise was how The Hermetica Of Elysium The Elysium Texts 1 easy it was to. ¡Ey Gracias por fijarten mi libro Si Ancient Inca estás pensandon comprarlo hay dos cosas ue no tendrías por ué saber pero ue uiero contarte por si finalmente no te gusta y decides darle otro uso Los humanos no podemos digerir Revenant el papel de celulosa peron caso de ue pudiéramos si decidieras comerte The Hebrides este librongordarías 2300 calorías ¡incluida la cubierta claro Si tienes un buen brazo podrías lanzar Where Are You Going You Monkeys este li. N team to recover it brush it off reheat it cut away any badly charred sections and dig inJust watch out for salmonella And the Andromeda Strain How uickly would the oceans drain if a circular portal 10 meters in radius leading into space were created at the bottom of Challenger Deep the deepest spot in the ocean How would the Earth change as the water was being drained Some simple models clearly give you the only plausible answer Netherlands will become a supraplanetaryntity To see how you need to read for yourself Supposing you did drain the oceans and dumped the water on top of the Curiosity rover how would Mars change as the water accumulated Again the answer is clear it s a future that will be Netherlands shaped What would happen if the Earth and all terrestrial objects suddenly stopped spinning but the atmosphere retained its velocity Brief answer NEARLY EVERYONE WOULD DIE Then things would get interesting What would happen if Christ In Celtic Christianity everyone on Earth stood as close toach other as they could and jumped veryone landing on the ground at the same instant Answer Within weeks Rhode Island is a graveyard of billions How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live Therefore if you drove a car over a Philadelphia speed bump at 90 percent of the speed of light in addition to destroying the city you could xpect a speeding ticket of 114 billion How much Force power can Yoda output I m going to of course ignore the preuels After a fair share of assumptions and Atlas Of Operative Craniofacial Surgery euations it s blatantly obvious that Yoda is a much better power source than Luke Skywalker But a word of caution before we change our power grid to Yoda based So Yoda sounds like our best bet as annergy source But with world The Dom With The Kink Monsters Badass Brats 4 electricity consumption pushing 2 terawatts it would take a hundred million Yodas to meet our demands All things considered switching to Yoda power probably isn t worth the trouble though it would definitely be green 5 stars If I mver shipwrecked on a remote island I hope to have this book with me maybe somewhere in its depths there s a calculation of how long I can last before resorting to cannibalism One of the things that s nice about goodreads is that it lets you An Introduction To Genetic Engineering embed pictures And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC AttributionNon Commerical meaning I can post as many as I want to this reviewI m pretty sure that if you re here you already know about xkcd But hey why the heck not Right XKCD is why this Randall Munroe character is famousThe book comes from his what if blog which is also very goodI took the book into work with me to show it around you know hipstersue and what not I m reading this trendy new book firstBut the guys at my table were all like Yeah I can see myself reading like 2 or 3 of these and then putting the book down Everyone or less nodded in agreement even though they thought the book was coolThen I looked at the book a little bit closely flipped through a little bit and thought Huh that sounds about right That s probably what I m going to doI ll add that one guy in my group really hate hypothetical uestions This is mostly because kids in arguments try to prove points by using them stupidly You know But what if Hitler hadn t killed the Jews Would you like him then or What if Martin Luther King Jr had used violence You have to admit it s pretty crazy that we ve given this guy a holiday right He has a pointSo I took the book home slightly shamed that I hadn t realized it was for coffee tables than actual readingBut then I picked it up and read a couple And a couple Next thing I know a couple of days later the book is done and I reallynjoyed it And I learned a lot Well presumablyI did come on here hoping that some of the reviews would challenge Munroe s math Or any of his conclusions I mean if I did on a couple of these there are bound to be some flame wars in the comments sections of these review right If I could take issue with a couple I am NOT a math guyIn case there aren t any flame wars yet let me start one On page 114 in answer to the uestion If veryone on the planet stayed away from ach other for a *couple of weeks wouldn t the common cold be wiped out he says The common cold is caused by a * of weeks wouldn t the common cold be wiped out he says The common cold is caused by a of viruses but rhinoviruses are the most common culprit These viruses take over the cells in your nose and throat and use them to produce viruses After a few days your immune system notices and destroys it but not before you infect on average one other person Then he has a footnote which reads Mathematically this must be true If the average were less than one the virus would die out If it were than one The Horus Heresy eventuallyveryone would have a cold all the time But that can t be right Can it It s tough to tell whether he s serious or not because sometimes the footnotes are jokes and other times they re notBut here it made me uestion the math of the rest of the book He s very meticulous in his calculations throughout but here he doesn t factor in seasons or how vast the globe is Wouldn t it make sense that when we have the virus we average than one infection and then people stay away from us and are cautious in general which is why the number goes back down but doesn t die out completelyIt took me a while to get over this undermining the whole book for a couple seconds Seriously if he had just said but not before you infect on average on other person I wouldn t have thought twice about itOf course I doubted him on other footnotes pg 134 Although it sa little different if you drip superglue on cotton thread it will catch fire That can t be right can it That s another of his jokes RightMunroe also interspersed Weird and worrying uestions from the what if inbox Honestly most of these weren t any weirder than the uestions he was already answering And sometimes I think they only seemed weird but I think he may have missed the trailLike on page 236 the uestion is What is the probability that if I am stabbed by a knife in my torso that it won t hit anything vital and I ll liveThere s a stick figure that says Asking for a friend former friend I meanBut I think it s a legitimate uestion And I m pretty sure it comes from the movie SCREAM wasn t it a major plot point So Thomas the person who asked the uestion wherever you are I don t think you re a weirdo Yeah yeah yeah spoiler alert if you re reading this in 1996 Although I d be willing to wager If Anyone Can Travel Through It S Munroe He anyone can travel through time s Munroe He sure studying that stuff And Einstein And Schrodinger Also probably J Robert Oppenheimer And the book is so dated He mentions the new fangled writing section of the SAT on page 278 That was dropped way back in 2016 Time travelling am I rightFinally Munroe if you re reading this and I know you are just take the plunge and watch Dragon Ball Z already You may hate it but don t knock it till you ve tried it rightSeriously loved the book Thought I would like it didn t think I would love it Didn t think I would read it the whole way through finished it in under 3 daysAlso shouldn t this go under like a sci fi shelf Since the uestions are hypothetical Isn t this Celia And The Wolf exactly what science fiction is It s just not told in narrative form in this cas. Ación científican The Byzantine Republic el ue se recopilan algunos de los mejores posts así como otros nuevoslaborados a partir de las preguntas del blog de Randall Munroe Adams Gene And The Mitochondrial Eve enl ue responde a los lectores haciendo uso de sus conocimientos científicos y matemáticos Munroe fue físico The Little Red Hen Beginning Reader Illustrated en la NASA antes de crear la web wwwxkcd ue ha recibido más de un millón de visitas Estes un libro original inteligente y con mucho humo.