Randall Munroe's Absurd Science For Real-World Problems Randall Munroe, the cartoonist behind the popular Internet comic xkcd, finds complicated solutions to simple, real-world problems. In the process, he reveals a lot about science and why the real world is sometimes even weirder than we expect. His new book is called How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter: @maddie_sofia. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.
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Randall Munroe's Absurd Science For Real-World Problems

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Randall Munroe's Absurd Science For Real-World Problems

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In his book How To, Randall Munroe explores whether you could open enough water bottles to fill a swimming pool — using nuclear weapons. Riverhead Books hide caption

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In his book How To, Randall Munroe explores whether you could open enough water bottles to fill a swimming pool — using nuclear weapons.

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Randall Munroe, the cartoonist behind the popular Internet comic xkcd, finds complicated solutions to simple, real-world problems. In the process, he reveals a lot about science and why the real world is sometimes even weirder than we expect. His new book is called How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter: @maddie_sofia. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

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Randall Munroe's xkcd

More on nuclear tests of bottled beverages from nuclear historian Alex Wellerstein

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman and edited by Viet Le.