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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 7:30pm


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A Special Evening with


WHAT IF? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

7:30 PM at Public Works (161 Erie Street, San Francisco) 



xkcd -- the brilliant webcomic beloved by millions of readers every week -- creator Randall Munroe delivers hilarious and informative answers to questions you probably never thought to ask. It's time to meet your hero.

Munroe's 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 -- queries ranging 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?

• Are fire tornadoes possible?

His responses are masterpieces of clarity and wit, gleefully and accurately explaining everything from the relativistic effects of a baseball pitched at near the speed of light to the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements.

Munroe's new book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.

Randall Munroe is the author of the popular webcomic xkcd and the science question-and-answer blog What If. After studying physics at Christopher Newport University, he got a job building robots at NASA Langley Research Center. In 2006, he left NASA to draw comics on the internet full-time, supporting himself through the sale of xkcd t-shirts, prints, posters, and books. He likes candlelight dinners and long walks on the beach. Very long walks. Lots of people say they like long walks on the beach, but then they get out on the beach and after just an hour or two, they say they're getting tired. Bring a tent. He lives in Massachusetts.



What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions By Randall Munroe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544272996
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dey Street Books - September 2nd, 2014