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

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

Author: Randall Munroe

Pages: 321 Pages

Publisher: John Murray

The Blurb

From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd.com, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions: How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living? How many humans would a T Rex rampaging through New York need to eat a day?

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations and consults nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.

The Review

I like knowing stuff. I think that is why when I read non-fiction books I tend to lean towards titles that tell me something that I don’t know; a book with facts and figures and maybe pie charts and percentages. However, I think I bit of way more than I can chew with What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe. It was just far too scientifically advanced for me.

After reading it my brain actually hurt.

Don’t get me wrong, it is written in a really witty style and Randall Munroe clearly knows his stuff but for my scientifically weak brain it was just too much to handle.

Therefore, my review is not a reflection on the knowledge or the content of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe but of my failings to understand stuff to do with science.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe is available now.

For more information regarding Randall Munroe please visit his Twitter page (@xkcd)

For more information regarding John Murray (@johnmurrays) please visit www.johnmurray.co.uk.

3 Stars

2 Comments

  1. 13th September 2016 / 9:08 pm

    Oh, that’s discouraging, when I read your description, I was already looking for,my keys to run out and buy the book. But if it’s too hard for you to follow, then it’ll be too hard for me.

    • lisa
      14th September 2016 / 6:28 pm

      Aww, I’m sorry. It appealed to my inquisitive nature but the scientific explanations went way beyond my comprehension. You might like Do Geese Get Goose Bumps. Check out my review and see what you think 🙂 x

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