When we are laid in bed at night, the strangest thoughts can pop into our minds. ‘What would happen if I fired a nuclear weapon into the eye of a hurricane?’ ‘If everyone on earth pointed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time, would it change colour?’ All of these are valid questions but who do you ask this sort of thing? Who knows how to catch a baseball travelling at the speed of light?!
One man does and that man is the one and only Mr. Randall Munroe. The creator of the wildly popular xkcd.com is a physicist and a web comic artist who is here to answer all of your weird and wonderful questions. In pursuit of answers, he runs computer simulations, digs through declassified military research memos, consults with nuclear reactor operators and so on to give you the most accurate representation along with some cute stickmen drawings. This isn’t just the random doodles of a random bloke though, this is the accurate and scientific words of a former NASA roboticist, giving serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions. So if you have some burning questions that google simply cannot answer, then this book might just be the thing you need.