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  1. says:

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


  2. says:

    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 y know taunt people on the internet And it worked I got an early copy And I treasured it I petted it It was precious to me Precious Then life got in the way Conventions Promotion for my own book launch 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 y know taunt people on the internet And it worked I got an early copy And I treasured it I petted it It was precious to me Precious Then life got in the way Conventions Promotion for my own book launch I had dad stuff to do I had prep work for the yearly Worldbuilders fundraiser Then I had my book tour Through all of this, I carried my precious ARC around, waiting for the time when I d be able to spare the brainpower to read it I even took it on tour with me Honestly, this book hasfrequent flier miles than any three of you put together It wasn t until I got back home that I started it I wanted something to read before I went to bed, and I picked What If because I was worried if I picked up another book I d be reading half the night and it would screw up my already dysfunctional sleep schedule Despite my best intentions, I read half the book that night It cost me precious sleep I couldn t afford to lose But I don t regret it Not a bit It s clever, but if you know anything about Randall Munroe, that won t come as a surprise to you And it s funny, and witty which are two different things, by the way But again to readers of XKCD this won t come as any sort of surprise The surprise was how easy it was to read There s some decent science in there, but it wasn t anywhere nearly as brain taxing as I d expected Munroe does a brilliant job of explaining very complex concepts simply That s a rare gift The other surprise is how much it pulled me in I expected to read the book in dribs and drabs over a couple weeks Instead, I tore through it That s not usually the case for me with non fiction books In brief, it s worth your time Even if you haven t read his comic Even if you haven t ever heard of Randall Munroe Even if you re not into science You should pick this up and read it You ll be glad you did


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    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 may not be aware of this fact, since the word is nearly always misused So the geek who receives it is going to carry on reading through breakfast, through lunch, while he s supposed to be working, and on through dinner, 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 may not be aware of this fact, since the word is nearly always misused So the geek who receives it is going to carry on reading through breakfast, through lunch, while he s supposed to be working, and on through dinner, ignoring the non geek guests who have come to visit He ll interrupt conversations every now and then to ask things like Could you build a bridge across the Atlantic out of Lego bricks or How close would you need to be to a supernova to be killed by the neutrino flux He ll finish just as the last guest leaves.There is a common myth, most likely spread by geeks, that what they do is somehow pretty important to Western civilization If you re easily impressed by this kind of propaganda, you might expect that markets will crash as geek traders neglect their buy signals, nuclear experiments will explode as geek scientists look away from their control panels, and terrorists will strike with impunity as geek intelligence analysts fail to turn up for work All that sounds pretty bad.But let s stop and consider for a moment Is any of the above geek behavior novel or unpredictable Hardly Geeks are always doing this kind of thing, and society has learned to work around them Important as they may be in the long run, there s always some dependable non geek person ready to step in just in case the geek in question has stayed up all night playing Halo or watching a Star Wars marathon The non geek will cover for them until the geek has got over their fifteen hour internet speed chess session and is ready to do whatever it is they re actually being paid to do.So delivering a copy of What If to every geek in the world will only really have two important effects It will make a great many geeks very happy, and assuming of course that the copies are paid for it will turn Randall Munroe into a billionaire.And who could possibly have anything against that


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    Trying to thoroughly answer a stupid question can take you to some pretty interesting places. Randall Munroe, ex NASA employee and author of the wildly popular webcomic XKCD, decides to look at several, undoubtedly, absurd questions and find scientific answers to them.Nothing is too absurd for him whether it be the logistics of finding your soulmate to what happens if our moon suddenly disappears Munroe answers it all But I ve never seen the Icarus story as a lesson about the limitationsTrying to thoroughly answer a stupid question can take you to some pretty interesting places. Randall Munroe, ex NASA employee and author of the wildly popular webcomic XKCD, decides to look at several, undoubtedly, absurd questions and find scientific answers to them.Nothing is too absurd for him whether it be the logistics of finding your soulmate to what happens if our moon suddenly disappears Munroe answers it all But I ve never seen the Icarus story as a lesson about the limitations of humans I see it as a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive. I absolutely loved the tone of voice throughout the book There s no material safety data sheet for astatine If there were, it would just be the word NO scrawled over and over in charred blood. His hilarious deadpan just absolutely cinched this book for me It s not the fall that kills you, it s the sudden stop at the end. Who knew that physics could be so funHonestly, teachers need to stop the whole calculate the gravity of a falling ball shtick and jump on the calculate the force of wind turbines powered by people at a gym bandwagon Seriously, just make learning fun and the rest will go from there.In short yes Loved this one it was so much fun Audiobook CommentsI absolutely LOVED how you can just feel the enthusiasm coming from the reader Even when he read out the math problems you can tell that he was into it Really made the book enjoyable YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading


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    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 this year.


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    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.


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    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 publisher and the author disclaim responsibility for any adverse effects resulting, directly or indirectly, from information contained in this book That disclaimer really sets the tone for this fun book about science 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 publisher and the author disclaim responsibility for any adverse effects resulting, directly or indirectly, from information contained in this book That disclaimer really sets the tone for this fun book about science Dangerous ideas ahead, folks Don t get too close these things could kill ya Randall Munroe used to work at NASA, and now he creates the webcomic XKCD which sounds less stressful than the NASA gig On his website, he takes absurd hypothetical questions from readers and tries to answer some of them Here are some of my favorite questions in this book What would happen if everyone on Earth stood as close to each other as they could and jumped, everyone landing on the ground at the same instant If every human somehow simply disappeared from the face of the Earth, how long would it be before the last artificial light source would go out How long could a nuclear submarine last in orbit From what height would you need to drop a steak for it to be cooked when it hit the ground If everyone on the planet stayed away from each other for a couple of weeks, wouldn t the common cold be wiped out Which US state is actually flown over the most Is there enough energy to move the entire current human population off planet How high can a human throw something How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live When, if ever, will the bandwidth of the Internet surpass that of FedEx How quickly would the oceans drain if a circular portal 10 meters in radius leading into space were created at the bottom of Challenger Deep, the deepest spot in the ocean How would the Earth change as the water was being drained How many Lego bricks would it take to build a bridge capable of carrying traffic from London to New York Have that many Lego bricks been manufactured What would happen to the Earth if the Sun suddenly switched off If you are interested to know any of the answers to those questions, this book is for you What made this so much fun, aside from the ridiculous questions, is Munroe s sense of humor Several times I laughed out loud at his drawings and his answers, which is not something that usually happens when I m reading about science Oh, and be sure to read his footnotes, which have evenjokes.I think this book would be a great gift for kids who love to ask crazy questions about how the world works I think I would have loved it when I was 10 I need to thank my GR friend Brendon for pointing out this marvelous book, because I had never heard of the author before It s the miracle of Goodreads


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    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 that single kiss have I guess the answer might be what pharmaceutical products have you ingested during the last four hours or May I speak to your parents Another person named Jon Merrill askedHow fast would a human have t 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 that single kiss have I guess the answer might be what pharmaceutical products have you ingested during the last four hours or May I speak to your parents Another person named Jon Merrill askedHow fast would a human have to run in order to be cut in half at the bellybutton by a cheese cutting wire Answer has to be as fast as I will be running if I ever meet you Jon.And a person called Kenneth askedWhat if every day, every human had a 1 per cent chance of being turned into a turkey, and every turkey had a one percent chance of being turned into a human Randall does not provide a response to that one but I would have said Kenneth, if only life were like that Wouldn t it be fabulous Everybody likes this book and I liked half of it, the other half was so far over my head it might have been a distant Andean condor croaking Sanskrit into a Bluetooth headset Some of the stuff Randall devotes pages of detailed analysis to did not tickle my ivories, likeWhat would happen if a hair dryer with continuous power were turned on and put into an airtight 1 x 1 x 1 meter box I mean, get a life Who the flook cares about a hair dryer in a box But many are very interesting He tackles the old chestnutWhat would happen of everyone on Earth stood as close to each other as they could and jumped, everyone landing on the ground at the same time He picks Rhode Island it s just big enough for everyone on Earth, surprisingly as a designated place where this event might be staged, and imagines the result In regard to the jump and the landing itself, not so much would result But then he imagines the implications of all those people trying to get back home from Rhode Island It s terrible it s an apocalypse If this mass jumping event was actually staged it would cause the immediate termination of civilisation and the death of billions The edge of the crowd spreads outward into southern Massachusetts and Connecticut Any two people who meet are unlikely to have a language in common, and almost nobody knows the area The state becomes a chaotic patchwork of coalescing and collapsing social hierarchies Violence is common Yes it is a nice book but I do not recommend that you wolf down this book as I did in 2 days, because it s like TOO MUCH and it can get annoying You keep thinking of your own absurd questions How many soldier ants would it take to chew through my leg in one hour And would I survive And really, there is one question which I really want to ask Randall, it s actually been something I have been wondering about for a long time you know those vending machines stuffed full of really unhealthy chocs and crisps and cokes Well, imagine a person was chained to one of those and had an infinite amount of small change within arms reach Then imagine the vending machine gets refilled by the usual contractor in the usual way who never notices the chained person So how long would it take the captive to die from a constant diet of crap If they were only eating chocs and crisps and drinking cokes A month Six months A YEAR It s really bugging me I may have to launch a practical experiment


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    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.


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    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 sure that if you re here, you already know about xkcd But hey, why the heck not Right XKCD is why this Randall Munroe character is famous.The book comes from his what if blog, which is also very good.I took the book into work with 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 sure that if you re here, you already know about xkcd But hey, why the heck not Right XKCD is why this Randall Munroe character is famous.The book comes from his what if blog, which is also very good.I took the book into work with me to show it around you know hipster esque and what not I m reading this trendy, new book first.But the guys at my table were all like, Yeah I can see myself reading like 2 or 3 of these and then putting the book down Everyoneor less nodded in agreement even though they thought the book was cool.Then I looked at the book a little bitclosely, flipped through a little bit and thought, Huh that sounds about right That s probably what I m going to do I ll add that one guy in my group really hate hypothetical questions This is mostly because kids in arguments try to prove points by using them stupidly You know But what if Hitler hadn t killed the Jews Would you like him then or What if Martin Luther King Jr had used violence You have to admit, it s pretty crazy that we ve given this guy a holiday, right He has a point.So, I took the book home slightly shamed that I hadn t realized it wasfor coffee tables than actual reading.But then I picked it up and read a couple And a coupleNext thing I know, a couple of days later the book is done and I really enjoyed it And I learned a lot Well presumably.I did come on here hoping that some of the reviews would challenge Munroe s math Or any of his conclusions I mean, if I did on a couple of these, there are bound to be some flame wars in the comments sections of these review right If I could take issue with a couple I am NOT a math guy.In case there aren t any flame wars yet, let me start one On page 114 in answer to the question, If everyone on the planet stayed away from each other for a couple of weeks, wouldn t the common cold be wiped out he says,The common cold is caused by a variety of viruses, but rhinoviruses are the most common culprit These viruses take over the cells in your nose and throat and use them to produceviruses After a few days, your immune system notices and destroys it, but not before you infect, on average, one other personThen he has a footnote which reads,Mathematically, this must be true If the average were less than one, the virus would die out If it werethan one, eventually everyone would have a cold all the time. But that can t be right Can it It s tough to tell whether he s serious or not, because sometimes the footnotes are jokes, and other times they re not.But here, it made me question the math of the rest of the book He s very meticulous in his calculations throughout, but here he doesn t factor in seasons, or how vast the globe is Wouldn t it makesense that when we have the virus we averagethan one infection and then people stay away from us and arecautious in general which is why the number goes back down but doesn t die out completely It took me a while to get over this, undermining the whole book for a couple seconds Seriously, if he had just said but not before you infect, on average, on other person I wouldn t have thought twice about it.Of course, I doubted him on other footnotes pg 134Although it sa little different, if you drip superglue on cotton thread, it will catch fireThat can t be right can it That s another of his jokes Right Munroe also interspersed Weird and worrying questions from the what if inbox Honestly, most of these weren t any weirder than the questions he was already answering And sometimes I think they only seemed weird, but I think he may have missed the trail.Like on page 236, the question is,What is the probability that if I am stabbed by a knife in my torso that it won t hit anything vital and I ll live There s a stick figure that says Asking for a friend former friend, I mean But I think it s a legitimate question And I m pretty sure it comes from the movie SCREAM wasn t it a major plot point So, Thomas, the person who asked the question wherever you are I don t think you re a weirdo Yeah, yeah, yeah spoiler alert, if you re reading this in 1996 Although, I d be willing to wager if anyone can travel through time, it s Munroe He s sure studying that stuff And Einstein And Schrodinger Also, probably J Robert Oppenheimer And the book is so dated He mentions the new fangled writing section of the SAT on page 278 That was dropped way back in 2016 Time travelling am I right Finally, Munroe if you re reading this and I know you are just take the plunge and watch Dragon Ball Z already You may hate it, but don t knock it till you ve tried it, right Seriously loved the book Thought I would like it, didn t think I would love it Didn t think I would read it the whole way through finished it in under 3 days.Also, shouldn t this go under like a sci fi shelf Since the questions are hypothetical Isn t this exactly what science fiction is It s just not told in narrative form in this case


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