New on our shelves this week is a nice fresh hardcover of What if?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe. If you’re not familiar with xkcd, this is a perfect introduction to it! From the book flap:
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, surprising answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.
Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans’ strangest questions. The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical:
What if I took a swim in a spent nuclear fuel pool?
Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?
What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City?
What would happen if someone’s DNA vanished?
If you enjoy exploring the hypothetical in an informative yet entertaining way, xkcd and this book are for you! Our price is $8.40.