What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site XKCD 'a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language' which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks. It now has 600,000 to a million page hits daily. Every now and then, Munroe would get emails asking him to arbitrate a science debate. 'My friend and I were arguing about what would happe Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site XKCD 'a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and lang...

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Title:What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Author:Randall Munroe
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Genres:Nonfiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:303 pages pages

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Reviews

  • Philip
    Sep 04, 2014

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

  • David
    Mar 07, 2015

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

    Q. What if _____? A. Nearly Everyone Would Die! - Randall Munroe, What If? There are certain things on this planet that you seemed to do fine without, but as soon as you discover, you can't now do without. Diet Dr. Pepper, David Foster Wallace, dark chocolate covered cherries ...

    What If?, or Serendipity; or the Literary/Pop Culture Quotes Quiz Late at night, about a week ago, I went through the Top Quotes pages of Goodreads. A hundred pages, each with thirty quotes: that's 3000 quotes. I have problems. I was searching for quotes that included (on the most...

    Randall Munroe is a dangerous guy. Seriously dangerous. He is the author of the online comic strip xkcd. It's about math, science, hacking, logic, and a host of wonderfully nerdy subjects. But in this book, Munroe answers a stack of absurd hypothetical questions. Some of the questions ...

  • Diane
    Aug 29, 2014

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

  • Paul Bryant
    Jan 15, 2016

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

  • Felicia
    Dec 19, 2016

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

  • Jim
    Nov 20, 2016

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

  • Patrick
    Nov 15, 2014

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

  • Valerie
    Oct 11, 2014

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

  • Ashley
    Sep 09, 2014

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

  • Becky
    Sep 19, 2014

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

    Q. What if _____? A. Nearly Everyone Would Die! - Randall Munroe, What If? There are certain things on this planet that you seemed to do fine without, but as soon as you discover, you can't now do without. Diet Dr. Pepper, David Foster Wallace, dark chocolate covered cherries ...

    What If?, or Serendipity; or the Literary/Pop Culture Quotes Quiz Late at night, about a week ago, I went through the Top Quotes pages of Goodreads. A hundred pages, each with thirty quotes: that's 3000 quotes. I have problems. I was searching for quotes that included (on the most...

    Randall Munroe is a dangerous guy. Seriously dangerous. He is the author of the online comic strip xkcd. It's about math, science, hacking, logic, and a host of wonderfully nerdy subjects. But in this book, Munroe answers a stack of absurd hypothetical questions. Some of the questions ...

    My boyfriend has never heard of XKCD. So I'm newly single, and looking for some fun.... ...book recommendations. I sure know how to live it up. OK, OK... Part of that is untrue - I didn't dump my boyfriend for not knowing what XKCD is. He's put up with some crazy kinds of shit ...

  • Riku Sayuj
    Nov 22, 2014

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

  • Manny
    Sep 15, 2014

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

  • Mara
    Oct 02, 2014

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

    Q. What if _____? A. Nearly Everyone Would Die! - Randall Munroe, What If? There are certain things on this planet that you seemed to do fine without, but as soon as you discover, you can't now do without. Diet Dr. Pepper, David Foster Wallace, dark chocolate covered cherries ...

    What If?, or Serendipity; or the Literary/Pop Culture Quotes Quiz Late at night, about a week ago, I went through the Top Quotes pages of Goodreads. A hundred pages, each with thirty quotes: that's 3000 quotes. I have problems. I was searching for quotes that included (on the most...

    Randall Munroe is a dangerous guy. Seriously dangerous. He is the author of the online comic strip xkcd. It's about math, science, hacking, logic, and a host of wonderfully nerdy subjects. But in this book, Munroe answers a stack of absurd hypothetical questions. Some of the questions ...

    My boyfriend has never heard of XKCD. So I'm newly single, and looking for some fun.... ...book recommendations. I sure know how to live it up. OK, OK... Part of that is untrue - I didn't dump my boyfriend for not knowing what XKCD is. He's put up with some crazy kinds of shit ...

    Update: This is my first experience in reading a book in paper-copy and having it actually change how much I enjoyed it. A friend who knows me all too well gave me the hardcover version of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions as a birthday present- an...

  • Steve Alexander
    Sep 01, 2014

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

  • Melki
    Sep 22, 2014

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

    Q. What if _____? A. Nearly Everyone Would Die! - Randall Munroe, What If? There are certain things on this planet that you seemed to do fine without, but as soon as you discover, you can't now do without. Diet Dr. Pepper, David Foster Wallace, dark chocolate covered cherries ...

    What If?, or Serendipity; or the Literary/Pop Culture Quotes Quiz Late at night, about a week ago, I went through the Top Quotes pages of Goodreads. A hundred pages, each with thirty quotes: that's 3000 quotes. I have problems. I was searching for quotes that included (on the most...

    Randall Munroe is a dangerous guy. Seriously dangerous. He is the author of the online comic strip xkcd. It's about math, science, hacking, logic, and a host of wonderfully nerdy subjects. But in this book, Munroe answers a stack of absurd hypothetical questions. Some of the questions ...

    My boyfriend has never heard of XKCD. So I'm newly single, and looking for some fun.... ...book recommendations. I sure know how to live it up. OK, OK... Part of that is untrue - I didn't dump my boyfriend for not knowing what XKCD is. He's put up with some crazy kinds of shit ...

    Update: This is my first experience in reading a book in paper-copy and having it actually change how much I enjoyed it. A friend who knows me all too well gave me the hardcover version of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions as a birthday present- an...

    Please, PLEASE do not try this at home. That warning has probably never been more applicable, as attempting to reenact many of the scenarios from this book will result in our atmosphere turning into plasma and leading to the instant ignition of the Earth's surface. Yeah. Just wh...

  • Lindsey Rey
    Jul 09, 2015

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

  • Brendon Schrodinger
    Sep 21, 2014

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

  • Nandakishore Varma
    Nov 09, 2015

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Mar 19, 2017

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

    Q. What if _____? A. Nearly Everyone Would Die! - Randall Munroe, What If? There are certain things on this planet that you seemed to do fine without, but as soon as you discover, you can't now do without. Diet Dr. Pepper, David Foster Wallace, dark chocolate covered cherries ...

    What If?, or Serendipity; or the Literary/Pop Culture Quotes Quiz Late at night, about a week ago, I went through the Top Quotes pages of Goodreads. A hundred pages, each with thirty quotes: that's 3000 quotes. I have problems. I was searching for quotes that included (on the most...

    Randall Munroe is a dangerous guy. Seriously dangerous. He is the author of the online comic strip xkcd. It's about math, science, hacking, logic, and a host of wonderfully nerdy subjects. But in this book, Munroe answers a stack of absurd hypothetical questions. Some of the questions ...

    My boyfriend has never heard of XKCD. So I'm newly single, and looking for some fun.... ...book recommendations. I sure know how to live it up. OK, OK... Part of that is untrue - I didn't dump my boyfriend for not knowing what XKCD is. He's put up with some crazy kinds of shit ...

    Update: This is my first experience in reading a book in paper-copy and having it actually change how much I enjoyed it. A friend who knows me all too well gave me the hardcover version of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions as a birthday present- an...

    Please, PLEASE do not try this at home. That warning has probably never been more applicable, as attempting to reenact many of the scenarios from this book will result in our atmosphere turning into plasma and leading to the instant ignition of the Earth's surface. Yeah. Just wh...

    I grinned all the way through this, except when I guffawed. If you know the webcomic xkcd, this needs no introduction; if you don't, 1) go find it at once (here, let me help you: http://www.xkcd.com/ ) and 2) (handwaves wildly) I don't know how to explain it. It's the only webcomi...

    This book was hilarious. I warn you not to read it when in the company of others because you will laugh out loud and subsequent explaining will be met with blank looks. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you wore Technetium as a hat or if the worlds population jumped at the...

    These hypothetical situations are ingenious and unique! My favorite has to be "what would happen if I built the periodic table out of bricks of the actual elements?" DONT DO IT!!! This author was a NASA physicist who quit to draw an internet comic strip, and he's brilliant. I found my...

  • Ted
    May 29, 2017

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

  • Lois Bujold
    Dec 19, 2014

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

    Q. What if _____? A. Nearly Everyone Would Die! - Randall Munroe, What If? There are certain things on this planet that you seemed to do fine without, but as soon as you discover, you can't now do without. Diet Dr. Pepper, David Foster Wallace, dark chocolate covered cherries ...

    What If?, or Serendipity; or the Literary/Pop Culture Quotes Quiz Late at night, about a week ago, I went through the Top Quotes pages of Goodreads. A hundred pages, each with thirty quotes: that's 3000 quotes. I have problems. I was searching for quotes that included (on the most...

    Randall Munroe is a dangerous guy. Seriously dangerous. He is the author of the online comic strip xkcd. It's about math, science, hacking, logic, and a host of wonderfully nerdy subjects. But in this book, Munroe answers a stack of absurd hypothetical questions. Some of the questions ...

    My boyfriend has never heard of XKCD. So I'm newly single, and looking for some fun.... ...book recommendations. I sure know how to live it up. OK, OK... Part of that is untrue - I didn't dump my boyfriend for not knowing what XKCD is. He's put up with some crazy kinds of shit ...

    Update: This is my first experience in reading a book in paper-copy and having it actually change how much I enjoyed it. A friend who knows me all too well gave me the hardcover version of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions as a birthday present- an...

    Please, PLEASE do not try this at home. That warning has probably never been more applicable, as attempting to reenact many of the scenarios from this book will result in our atmosphere turning into plasma and leading to the instant ignition of the Earth's surface. Yeah. Just wh...

    I grinned all the way through this, except when I guffawed. If you know the webcomic xkcd, this needs no introduction; if you don't, 1) go find it at once (here, let me help you: http://www.xkcd.com/ ) and 2) (handwaves wildly) I don't know how to explain it. It's the only webcomi...

  • Kaora
    Jun 27, 2015

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

    Q. What if _____? A. Nearly Everyone Would Die! - Randall Munroe, What If? There are certain things on this planet that you seemed to do fine without, but as soon as you discover, you can't now do without. Diet Dr. Pepper, David Foster Wallace, dark chocolate covered cherries ...

    What If?, or Serendipity; or the Literary/Pop Culture Quotes Quiz Late at night, about a week ago, I went through the Top Quotes pages of Goodreads. A hundred pages, each with thirty quotes: that's 3000 quotes. I have problems. I was searching for quotes that included (on the most...

    Randall Munroe is a dangerous guy. Seriously dangerous. He is the author of the online comic strip xkcd. It's about math, science, hacking, logic, and a host of wonderfully nerdy subjects. But in this book, Munroe answers a stack of absurd hypothetical questions. Some of the questions ...

    My boyfriend has never heard of XKCD. So I'm newly single, and looking for some fun.... ...book recommendations. I sure know how to live it up. OK, OK... Part of that is untrue - I didn't dump my boyfriend for not knowing what XKCD is. He's put up with some crazy kinds of shit ...

    Update: This is my first experience in reading a book in paper-copy and having it actually change how much I enjoyed it. A friend who knows me all too well gave me the hardcover version of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions as a birthday present- an...

    Please, PLEASE do not try this at home. That warning has probably never been more applicable, as attempting to reenact many of the scenarios from this book will result in our atmosphere turning into plasma and leading to the instant ignition of the Earth's surface. Yeah. Just wh...

    I grinned all the way through this, except when I guffawed. If you know the webcomic xkcd, this needs no introduction; if you don't, 1) go find it at once (here, let me help you: http://www.xkcd.com/ ) and 2) (handwaves wildly) I don't know how to explain it. It's the only webcomi...

    This book was hilarious. I warn you not to read it when in the company of others because you will laugh out loud and subsequent explaining will be met with blank looks. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you wore Technetium as a hat or if the worlds population jumped at the...

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Jan 10, 2015

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

    Q. What if _____? A. Nearly Everyone Would Die! - Randall Munroe, What If? There are certain things on this planet that you seemed to do fine without, but as soon as you discover, you can't now do without. Diet Dr. Pepper, David Foster Wallace, dark chocolate covered cherries ...

    What If?, or Serendipity; or the Literary/Pop Culture Quotes Quiz Late at night, about a week ago, I went through the Top Quotes pages of Goodreads. A hundred pages, each with thirty quotes: that's 3000 quotes. I have problems. I was searching for quotes that included (on the most...

    Randall Munroe is a dangerous guy. Seriously dangerous. He is the author of the online comic strip xkcd. It's about math, science, hacking, logic, and a host of wonderfully nerdy subjects. But in this book, Munroe answers a stack of absurd hypothetical questions. Some of the questions ...

    My boyfriend has never heard of XKCD. So I'm newly single, and looking for some fun.... ...book recommendations. I sure know how to live it up. OK, OK... Part of that is untrue - I didn't dump my boyfriend for not knowing what XKCD is. He's put up with some crazy kinds of shit ...

    Update: This is my first experience in reading a book in paper-copy and having it actually change how much I enjoyed it. A friend who knows me all too well gave me the hardcover version of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions as a birthday present- an...

    Please, PLEASE do not try this at home. That warning has probably never been more applicable, as attempting to reenact many of the scenarios from this book will result in our atmosphere turning into plasma and leading to the instant ignition of the Earth's surface. Yeah. Just wh...

    I grinned all the way through this, except when I guffawed. If you know the webcomic xkcd, this needs no introduction; if you don't, 1) go find it at once (here, let me help you: http://www.xkcd.com/ ) and 2) (handwaves wildly) I don't know how to explain it. It's the only webcomi...

    This book was hilarious. I warn you not to read it when in the company of others because you will laugh out loud and subsequent explaining will be met with blank looks. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you wore Technetium as a hat or if the worlds population jumped at the...

    These hypothetical situations are ingenious and unique! My favorite has to be "what would happen if I built the periodic table out of bricks of the actual elements?" DONT DO IT!!! This author was a NASA physicist who quit to draw an internet comic strip, and he's brilliant. I found my...

    This was a Christmas present for my 12 year old science geek son, who absolutely loves it and periodically reads excerpts from it to the rest of the family so we can share his joy. The author takes absurd questions (e.g., what if the world suddenly stopped turning but the atmosphere di...

  • Raoofa Ibrahim
    Sep 20, 2016

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

    Q. What if _____? A. Nearly Everyone Would Die! - Randall Munroe, What If? There are certain things on this planet that you seemed to do fine without, but as soon as you discover, you can't now do without. Diet Dr. Pepper, David Foster Wallace, dark chocolate covered cherries ...

    What If?, or Serendipity; or the Literary/Pop Culture Quotes Quiz Late at night, about a week ago, I went through the Top Quotes pages of Goodreads. A hundred pages, each with thirty quotes: that's 3000 quotes. I have problems. I was searching for quotes that included (on the most...

    Randall Munroe is a dangerous guy. Seriously dangerous. He is the author of the online comic strip xkcd. It's about math, science, hacking, logic, and a host of wonderfully nerdy subjects. But in this book, Munroe answers a stack of absurd hypothetical questions. Some of the questions ...

    My boyfriend has never heard of XKCD. So I'm newly single, and looking for some fun.... ...book recommendations. I sure know how to live it up. OK, OK... Part of that is untrue - I didn't dump my boyfriend for not knowing what XKCD is. He's put up with some crazy kinds of shit ...

    Update: This is my first experience in reading a book in paper-copy and having it actually change how much I enjoyed it. A friend who knows me all too well gave me the hardcover version of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions as a birthday present- an...

    Please, PLEASE do not try this at home. That warning has probably never been more applicable, as attempting to reenact many of the scenarios from this book will result in our atmosphere turning into plasma and leading to the instant ignition of the Earth's surface. Yeah. Just wh...

    I grinned all the way through this, except when I guffawed. If you know the webcomic xkcd, this needs no introduction; if you don't, 1) go find it at once (here, let me help you: http://www.xkcd.com/ ) and 2) (handwaves wildly) I don't know how to explain it. It's the only webcomi...

    This book was hilarious. I warn you not to read it when in the company of others because you will laugh out loud and subsequent explaining will be met with blank looks. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you wore Technetium as a hat or if the worlds population jumped at the...

    These hypothetical situations are ingenious and unique! My favorite has to be "what would happen if I built the periodic table out of bricks of the actual elements?" DONT DO IT!!! This author was a NASA physicist who quit to draw an internet comic strip, and he's brilliant. I found my...

    This was a Christmas present for my 12 year old science geek son, who absolutely loves it and periodically reads excerpts from it to the rest of the family so we can share his joy. The author takes absurd questions (e.g., what if the world suddenly stopped turning but the atmosphere di...

    Randall Munroe is brilliant. I know he would disagree with me on this matter. Randall considers himself a simple cartoonist/former NASA roboticist ( just think how cool his curriculum must be),but I have been following his work for long enough to be convinced that he is anything o...

    Recommended by: Bill Gates .. yes Bill, the Microsoft guy I'm a Steve Jobs fan .. but it's okay to see what the enemy is reading :P *joking* ------------ my fav. science book!!! I can't express how much I liked it! to boost your imagination this is the perfect way. this is o...

  • Darwin8u
    Dec 19, 2014

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

    Q. What if _____? A. Nearly Everyone Would Die! - Randall Munroe, What If? There are certain things on this planet that you seemed to do fine without, but as soon as you discover, you can't now do without. Diet Dr. Pepper, David Foster Wallace, dark chocolate covered cherries ...

  • Category Is: Book Review Realness!
    Feb 05, 2015

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

    Q. What if _____? A. Nearly Everyone Would Die! - Randall Munroe, What If? There are certain things on this planet that you seemed to do fine without, but as soon as you discover, you can't now do without. Diet Dr. Pepper, David Foster Wallace, dark chocolate covered cherries ...

    What If?, or Serendipity; or the Literary/Pop Culture Quotes Quiz Late at night, about a week ago, I went through the Top Quotes pages of Goodreads. A hundred pages, each with thirty quotes: that's 3000 quotes. I have problems. I was searching for quotes that included (on the most...

    Randall Munroe is a dangerous guy. Seriously dangerous. He is the author of the online comic strip xkcd. It's about math, science, hacking, logic, and a host of wonderfully nerdy subjects. But in this book, Munroe answers a stack of absurd hypothetical questions. Some of the questions ...

    My boyfriend has never heard of XKCD. So I'm newly single, and looking for some fun.... ...book recommendations. I sure know how to live it up. OK, OK... Part of that is untrue - I didn't dump my boyfriend for not knowing what XKCD is. He's put up with some crazy kinds of shit ...

    Update: This is my first experience in reading a book in paper-copy and having it actually change how much I enjoyed it. A friend who knows me all too well gave me the hardcover version of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions as a birthday present- an...

    Please, PLEASE do not try this at home. That warning has probably never been more applicable, as attempting to reenact many of the scenarios from this book will result in our atmosphere turning into plasma and leading to the instant ignition of the Earth's surface. Yeah. Just wh...

    I grinned all the way through this, except when I guffawed. If you know the webcomic xkcd, this needs no introduction; if you don't, 1) go find it at once (here, let me help you: http://www.xkcd.com/ ) and 2) (handwaves wildly) I don't know how to explain it. It's the only webcomi...

    This book was hilarious. I warn you not to read it when in the company of others because you will laugh out loud and subsequent explaining will be met with blank looks. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you wore Technetium as a hat or if the worlds population jumped at the...

    These hypothetical situations are ingenious and unique! My favorite has to be "what would happen if I built the periodic table out of bricks of the actual elements?" DONT DO IT!!! This author was a NASA physicist who quit to draw an internet comic strip, and he's brilliant. I found my...

    This was a Christmas present for my 12 year old science geek son, who absolutely loves it and periodically reads excerpts from it to the rest of the family so we can share his joy. The author takes absurd questions (e.g., what if the world suddenly stopped turning but the atmosphere di...

    Randall Munroe is brilliant. I know he would disagree with me on this matter. Randall considers himself a simple cartoonist/former NASA roboticist ( just think how cool his curriculum must be),but I have been following his work for long enough to be convinced that he is anything o...

  • Gorab Jain
    Sep 15, 2016

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

    Q. What if _____? A. Nearly Everyone Would Die! - Randall Munroe, What If? There are certain things on this planet that you seemed to do fine without, but as soon as you discover, you can't now do without. Diet Dr. Pepper, David Foster Wallace, dark chocolate covered cherries ...

    What If?, or Serendipity; or the Literary/Pop Culture Quotes Quiz Late at night, about a week ago, I went through the Top Quotes pages of Goodreads. A hundred pages, each with thirty quotes: that's 3000 quotes. I have problems. I was searching for quotes that included (on the most...

    Randall Munroe is a dangerous guy. Seriously dangerous. He is the author of the online comic strip xkcd. It's about math, science, hacking, logic, and a host of wonderfully nerdy subjects. But in this book, Munroe answers a stack of absurd hypothetical questions. Some of the questions ...

    My boyfriend has never heard of XKCD. So I'm newly single, and looking for some fun.... ...book recommendations. I sure know how to live it up. OK, OK... Part of that is untrue - I didn't dump my boyfriend for not knowing what XKCD is. He's put up with some crazy kinds of shit ...

    Update: This is my first experience in reading a book in paper-copy and having it actually change how much I enjoyed it. A friend who knows me all too well gave me the hardcover version of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions as a birthday present- an...

    Please, PLEASE do not try this at home. That warning has probably never been more applicable, as attempting to reenact many of the scenarios from this book will result in our atmosphere turning into plasma and leading to the instant ignition of the Earth's surface. Yeah. Just wh...

    I grinned all the way through this, except when I guffawed. If you know the webcomic xkcd, this needs no introduction; if you don't, 1) go find it at once (here, let me help you: http://www.xkcd.com/ ) and 2) (handwaves wildly) I don't know how to explain it. It's the only webcomi...

    This book was hilarious. I warn you not to read it when in the company of others because you will laugh out loud and subsequent explaining will be met with blank looks. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you wore Technetium as a hat or if the worlds population jumped at the...

    These hypothetical situations are ingenious and unique! My favorite has to be "what would happen if I built the periodic table out of bricks of the actual elements?" DONT DO IT!!! This author was a NASA physicist who quit to draw an internet comic strip, and he's brilliant. I found my...

    This was a Christmas present for my 12 year old science geek son, who absolutely loves it and periodically reads excerpts from it to the rest of the family so we can share his joy. The author takes absurd questions (e.g., what if the world suddenly stopped turning but the atmosphere di...

    Randall Munroe is brilliant. I know he would disagree with me on this matter. Randall considers himself a simple cartoonist/former NASA roboticist ( just think how cool his curriculum must be),but I have been following his work for long enough to be convinced that he is anything o...

    Recommended by: Bill Gates .. yes Bill, the Microsoft guy I'm a Steve Jobs fan .. but it's okay to see what the enemy is reading :P *joking* ------------ my fav. science book!!! I can't express how much I liked it! to boost your imagination this is the perfect way. this is o...

    While many questions were hilarious, thought provoking, satiating all the scientific curiosity.... But did not like it much overall as a book. The magic faded drastically after very interesting answers in the beginning. Favorites were : *What would happen if you hit a baseball pit...

  • Junta
    Apr 24, 2015

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

    Q. What if _____? A. Nearly Everyone Would Die! - Randall Munroe, What If? There are certain things on this planet that you seemed to do fine without, but as soon as you discover, you can't now do without. Diet Dr. Pepper, David Foster Wallace, dark chocolate covered cherries ...

    What If?, or Serendipity; or the Literary/Pop Culture Quotes Quiz Late at night, about a week ago, I went through the Top Quotes pages of Goodreads. A hundred pages, each with thirty quotes: that's 3000 quotes. I have problems. I was searching for quotes that included (on the most...

  • Jamie
    Dec 04, 2016

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

  • Alexxy
    Jan 03, 2016

    This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I have read over 10 books. ...

    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 enjoy its deliciousness sooner. And....

    Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning? A: Actually, less than you'd think. First, 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...

    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 so engaging and entertaining and just MARVELOUS. Of course in the style of xkcd, this and Atlas Obscura would be my go-to book gifts...

    My evil 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. ...

    This book opens with the best disclaimer I have ever seen: "Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an Internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert. He likes it when things catch fire or explode, which means he does not have your best interests in mind. The ...

    I highly recommend taking the audiobook route for this one unless you absolutely love very technical science. Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent and he delivered Munroe's humor perfectly! I loved this so much I bought a hard copy for my coffee table. ...

    An apple fell on Newton's head. "Why didn't this fall up instead of down?" Asked the scientist... ...And lo, the theory of gravitation was born. - Well, not really. The story is apocryphal in all probability, like George Washington and the cherry tree. But it does illustr...

    One of the things that's nice about goodreads is that it lets you embed pictures. ...And one of the nice things about xkcd is that it has lots of pictures licensed under CC Attribution/Non-Commerical - meaning I can post as many as I want to this review. I'm pretty sur...

    Change.Org Petition: Despicable Munroe The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after Randall Munroe; asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause a mass extinction if it ever hits Earth. Not that he needs an asteroid to do that. He has his minions devisin...

    What if ? every Goodreads review had to be written in a randomly determined time? What per cent of submitted reviews would end with a completed sentence? Well, this amounts to the question of, what per cent of reviewers would simply stop typing when the time ran out, instead of fi...

    Every nerd knows Randall Munroe from his wildly humourous and insightful xkcd.com comics right? You don't? What the hell are you doing here listening to me blab on? xkcd.com For all those people still here, and who obviously know Randall's work, let's just bask in the mixture of...

    Mr Munroe includes some ?weird and worrying? questions from his website?s inbox which he presents without attempting to answer ? one favourite was: If you saved a whole life?s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would...

    I don't think I've ever laughed this much and hard from a science or non-fiction book-wait, I take that back, I haven't laughed this much from a book period. I mean periodic tables and radioactive decay doesn't normally warrant laughter-well at least when I read about it. The quest...

    This book was equal parts hilarious and utter nightmare fuel. I have never had such an emotionally confusing reading experience. One second, snorting my drink up my nose from laughter, the next trying to shove down the sudden and complete terror I'm experiencing because I've been force...

    Update: He published a lot more that aren't in this book. Read them for free here: http://what-if.xkcd.com/archive/ So... I love xkcd & some of these questions were really interesting - funny on the face with some really interesting science & math backing up the answer. For...

    Q. What if _____? A. Nearly Everyone Would Die! - Randall Munroe, What If? There are certain things on this planet that you seemed to do fine without, but as soon as you discover, you can't now do without. Diet Dr. Pepper, David Foster Wallace, dark chocolate covered cherries ...

    What If?, or Serendipity; or the Literary/Pop Culture Quotes Quiz Late at night, about a week ago, I went through the Top Quotes pages of Goodreads. A hundred pages, each with thirty quotes: that's 3000 quotes. I have problems. I was searching for quotes that included (on the most...

    Randall Munroe is a dangerous guy. Seriously dangerous. He is the author of the online comic strip xkcd. It's about math, science, hacking, logic, and a host of wonderfully nerdy subjects. But in this book, Munroe answers a stack of absurd hypothetical questions. Some of the questions ...

    My boyfriend has never heard of XKCD. So I'm newly single, and looking for some fun.... ...book recommendations. I sure know how to live it up. OK, OK... Part of that is untrue - I didn't dump my boyfriend for not knowing what XKCD is. He's put up with some crazy kinds of shit ...

    Update: This is my first experience in reading a book in paper-copy and having it actually change how much I enjoyed it. A friend who knows me all too well gave me the hardcover version of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions as a birthday present- an...

    Please, PLEASE do not try this at home. That warning has probably never been more applicable, as attempting to reenact many of the scenarios from this book will result in our atmosphere turning into plasma and leading to the instant ignition of the Earth's surface. Yeah. Just wh...

    I grinned all the way through this, except when I guffawed. If you know the webcomic xkcd, this needs no introduction; if you don't, 1) go find it at once (here, let me help you: http://www.xkcd.com/ ) and 2) (handwaves wildly) I don't know how to explain it. It's the only webcomi...

    This book was hilarious. I warn you not to read it when in the company of others because you will laugh out loud and subsequent explaining will be met with blank looks. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you wore Technetium as a hat or if the worlds population jumped at the...

    These hypothetical situations are ingenious and unique! My favorite has to be "what would happen if I built the periodic table out of bricks of the actual elements?" DONT DO IT!!! This author was a NASA physicist who quit to draw an internet comic strip, and he's brilliant. I found my...

    This was a Christmas present for my 12 year old science geek son, who absolutely loves it and periodically reads excerpts from it to the rest of the family so we can share his joy. The author takes absurd questions (e.g., what if the world suddenly stopped turning but the atmosphere di...

    Randall Munroe is brilliant. I know he would disagree with me on this matter. Randall considers himself a simple cartoonist/former NASA roboticist ( just think how cool his curriculum must be),but I have been following his work for long enough to be convinced that he is anything o...

    Recommended by: Bill Gates .. yes Bill, the Microsoft guy I'm a Steve Jobs fan .. but it's okay to see what the enemy is reading :P *joking* ------------ my fav. science book!!! I can't express how much I liked it! to boost your imagination this is the perfect way. this is o...

    While many questions were hilarious, thought provoking, satiating all the scientific curiosity.... But did not like it much overall as a book. The magic faded drastically after very interesting answers in the beginning. Favorites were : *What would happen if you hit a baseball pit...

    Reminded me of when I was a kid and devoured scientific books. It was also funny and easy to understand. I recommend to any one who is even a little eager to add to their knowledge. ...