If you love fast, fun, and intelligent science fiction, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late is your book. It’s a collection of essays on everything from haiku to quantum theory written by Randall Munroe, one of the world’s most popular webcartoonists, now a staff writer at the XKCD website. Enjoy stories about quantum theory, moonshine and reading poetry in space; or contemplate whether ‘the universe would survive if its own laws of physics failed’.
What If? by Randall Munroe is a collection of hilarious, thought-provoking and stimulating science-fiction shorts. Written by the author XKCD, it answers all of your science-related questions. These stories are based on what might happen if humans could make specific decisions about how to behave in the future…but only for about 10 million years.
What If? by Randall Munroe PDF Download is a fun take on the world of science and geeks. It now has 600,000 to million-page hits daily. Now and then, Munroe would get emails asking him to arbitrate a science debate. ‘My friend and I were arguing about what would happen if a bullet got struck by lightning, and we agreed that you should resolve it using science.’ The result is an entertaining look at what might happen if the laws of nature began to change just slightly at random.
Randall Munroe has created a million-dollar business out of leaving NASA. But he wouldn’t be where he is today if it weren’t for that bullet-striking lightning bolt. It was all part of the joke, when Munroe agreed to arbitrate a science argument. He calls this book What If? Munroe has created a million-dollar webcomic. He now gets emails from geeks worldwide asking him to arbitrate their debates on everything, from what would happen if there were no gravity to humans made of jellybean candy.
About What If? Book
Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site XKCD ‘a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language’, which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks. It now has 600,000 to million-page hits daily. Now and then, Munroe would get emails asking him to arbitrate a science debate. ‘My friend and I were arguing about what would happen if a bullet got struck by lightning, and we agreed that you should resolve it . . . ‘ He liked these questions so much that he started up What If.
How long would you survive if your cells suddenly lost the power to divide?
How dangerous is it, really, to be in a swimming pool in a thunderstorm?
How much power could we produce if we hooked turbines to people exercising in gyms?
What if everyone only had one soulmate?
When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British empire?
How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live?
What would happen if the moon went away?
Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators in pursuit of answers. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, studded with memorable cartoons and infographics. They often predict the destruction of humankind or at least a massive explosion. Far more than a book for geeks, WHAT IF: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions explains the laws of science in operation in a way that every intelligent reader will enjoy and feel much smarter for having read.