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What If?

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

by Randall Munroe

Hardcover, 303 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, List Price: $24 |

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What If?
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Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
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Randall Munroe

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The creator of the popular webcomic "xkcd" presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including "What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?" and "Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?"

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31 weeks on NPR Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List

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"Earth outweighs us by a factor of over ten trillion," Munroe writes. "On average, we humans can vertically jump maybe half a meter on a good day. Even if the Earth were rigid and responded instantly, it would be pushed down by less than an atom's width." Randall Munroe/Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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'What If' There Were An Entire Book Devoted To Absurd Hypotheticals?

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