Book cover of What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
Engineering & Transportation

What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Thank goodness xkcd creator Randall Munroe is here to help. Planning to ride a fire pole from the Moon back to Earth? The hardest part is sticking the landing. Hoping to cool the atmosphere by opening everyone’s freezer door at the same time? Maybe it’s time for a brief introduction to thermodynamics. Want to know what would happen if you rode a helicopter blade, built a billion-story building, made a lava lamp out of lava, or jumped on a geyser as it erupted? Okay, if you insist. […Learn More]

Engineering & Transportation

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common – Real World Problems

For any task you might want to do, there’s a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It’s full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. […Learn More]

Engineering & Transportation

Humble Pi: A Comedy of Math Errors

**The First Ever Maths Book to be a No.1 Bestseller**’Wonderful … superb’ Daily MailWhat makes a bridge wobble when it’s not meant to Billions of dollars mysteriously vanish into thin air A building rock when its resonant frequency matches a gym class leaping to Snap’s 1990 hit I’ve Got The Power The answer is maths. Or, to be precise, what happens when maths goes wrong in the real world. […Learn More]

Health and Psychology

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death

Best-selling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition.

Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. The best questions come from kids. What would happen to an astronaut’s body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop when they die? Can Grandma have a Viking funeral? […Learn More]