Briefly: …then we really would be screwed. As Randall Munroe points out in today’s xkcd, sometimes we get a little over-dramatic about our phones ‘dying’ — although yes, it would be neat if, when your phone died, it turned into a worn-out Palm Pilot. [xkcd] More »
Randall Munroe, author of the webcomic xkcd, has found another outlet for his inquisitive nature. Relentless curiosity is the driving force behind Internet phenomenon Randall Munroe’s new book, What If? Serious Scientific Answers ToShow More Summary
In a few hours, I’m hosting a conversation with Randall Munroe, the creator of xkcd, author of the awesome book What If? (I hear the audio version is pretty great), and a really great guy who I am privileged to call my friend. Of course, the first time I met Randy, it didn’t go very […]
What if I swam in a pool of spent nuclear fuel? What would happen if lightning struck a bullet in midair? How long could the human race survive on only cannibalism? Could you get drunk from drinking a drunk person's...
Fun thing to do today: try to notice how many times the word “force” is used in news stories. Randall Munroe of xkcd does this text replacement thing every once in a while. This one just happens to have funnier results than most. Remember to go to the webcomic to see the hidden hover text.
"How much does Canada weigh?"
“Pixels” by xkcd is a comic celebrating the release of the book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd. The comic is at least partly an homage to the “turtles all the way down” expression about infinite regress. image via xkcd
Occasioned by the publication of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (see review), an outstanding profile of geek hero Randall Munroe in Rolling Stone. Read the rest
It’s turtles all the way down in today’s interactive xkcd panel. Randall Munroe invites you to enlarge the comic by scrolling and see lots more as the pixels enlarge. But careful! If you click at any point, you may lose the whole thing. Show More Summary
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (see previously) is a new book by Randall Munroe (creator of xkcd) that compiles the best answers from his blog of hypothetical science questions, What if? It is now available for purchase on Amazon. As I’ve sifted through the letters submitted to What If every week, […]
I wanted to let readers know of a fun new book that's out this week. Randall Munroe, of webcomic XKCD fame, has written What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. There are a lot of truly odd ones in there, and he takes them on as best he can. Show More Summary
The book-length version of Randall "XKCD" Munroe's brilliant What-If? column -- which features scientifically rigorous, utterly absurd answers to ridiculous hypotheticals -- has been on the bestseller lists since it was announced in March. Today, it hits shelves and: It. Is. A. Triumph. Read the rest
xkcd creator Randall Munroe ponders ridiculous hypothetical questions and answers them with scientific responses. Ever wanted to know what would happen if everyone on the planet jumped at the same time? This is the book for you.
One night, years ago, when I was complaining (again) at dinner about having to spend so much time on the inter-tubes responding to trolls disputing the science of climate change, one of my sons wordlessly got up from the table, walked out of the room, and a couple of minutes later returned with a piece of paper with a cartoon on it. Show More Summary
In the latest edition of “What If” by xkcd, Randall Munroe answers a reader who asks whether one person could walk the entirety of New York City (including the space inside apartments) in a single lifetime. As is his custom, Munroe’s answer is not quite so straight forward as the question might suggest. Imagine that […]
Let's all just be glad that Earth keeps rotating. In his new book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Situations, xkcd author Randall Munroe illustrates some of life's most bizarre questions and conundrums. Munroe...Show More Summary
What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light? How much physical space does the Internet take up? Randall Munroe, the author of xkcd, answers these questions and other bizarre queries in his new book...Show More Summary
XKCD's Randall Munroe is publishing a book of science explainers! What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions is due out September 2. To celebrate its imminent arrival, here's the first chapter from the book – an explainer about global devastation. Fun! Read more...
A serious scientific answer to an absurd hypothetical, and the first chapter of Randall Munroe's upcoming book.
The following is an excerpt from Randall Munroe's new book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, out September 2. NEW YORK–STYLE TIME MACHINE Q. I assume when you travel back in time you end up at the same spot on the Earth’s surface. At least, that’s how it... More »