Monday, January 19, 2015

Book Review: "What If? Serious Scientific Answer to Absurd Hypothetical Questions" by Randall Munroe

I had never heard of Randall Munroe or his webcomic xkcd before I picked up this book. And honestly I don't remember how I picked up this book, but when I generally don't remember that means it was a goodreads recommendation.

The book is simple. People have asked this former NASA scientist insane questions and he tries his best to answer them in a logical, scientific way.No matter how ridiculous the question he has equations and graphs and what not to help come up with an answer.

The questions are wide ranging. Here are a couple of the topics that they cover:swimming in a spent nuclear fuel pool, jet packs made from machine guns, time travel forward in backward and more.

There was one question that there was no answer to, that kind of made me die inside. "Would it be possible to get your teeth to such a cold temperature that they would shatter upon drinking a hot cup of coffee?" Ahh! Heebee jeebees officially activated.

This is kind of a short review because it's pretty self explanatory. Silly questions, serious questions, funny stick figure comics. Feel smarter and laugh! I give it 3.5 stars out of 5!



  1. This one sounds so fun and I've heard great things. I bet it would be a perfect book to dip in and out of over time.

    1. It absolutely is, you wouldn't need to sit down and read it all in one sitting to get the most out of it.


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