Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical QuestionseBook - 2014
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Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic and ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by his signature xkcd comics.
SkokieStaff_Steven Feb 28, 2018
Randall Munroe’s “What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions” reminds me of those recipes in which sneaky cooks insert healthful ingredients into comfort foods, such as cauliflower into mashed potatoes. In this book, Munroe inserts informative lessons in physics, mathem... Read More »
This reminds me of questions you would ask as a child, like "can Godzilla defeat T-Rex?" Plus it has stick figure drawings. Fun and hilarious.
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And the author's math checked out unlike Lee Child's Jack Reacher books:
We’ll imagine our storm measures 100 kilometers on each side and has a high TPW (total precipitable water) content of 6 centimeters. This means the water in our rainstorm would have a volume of:
100km x 100km x 6cm = 0.6km^3
That water would weigh 600 million tons (which happens to be about the current weight of our species).
As comedian Ron White said about hurricanes, “It’s not that the wind is blowing, it’s what the wind is blowing.”
Search YouTube for “gallium infiltration” to see how strange this is.
apricity - This is my single favorite word in the English language. It means the warmth of sunlight in winter.
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