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What If?2

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31st August 2023

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781399811149

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‘Nerd royalty’ Ben Goldacre
‘Laugh-out-loud funny’ Bill Gates
‘Totally brilliant’ Tim Harford


WHAT IF you still had so many more strange questions about the universe?

And WHAT IF Randall Munroe, former NASA roboticist and xkcd creator, were prepared to move mountains, fill the solar system with soup and alter the space-time continuum to answer them?

Whether it’s how to make a lava lamp out of lava or feeding the inhabitants of New York to a T. Rex, welcome to the weird, wonderful (and sometimes terrifying) world of WHAT IF? 2

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Reviews

PRAISE FOR WHAT IF?
BEN GOLDACRE
Nerd royalty
Rolling Stone
Brilliant
Register
With this book you're a kid with a chemistry set all over again...required reading for grown-ups
Guardian
Smart answers to silly questions: Randall Munroe reveals all
Jeffrey Kluger, Time Magazine
Randall Munroe [is] the guru of absurd science questions . . . What If ?2 is stuffed with questions that are fanciful in the asking, but perfectly - and playfully - informative in the answering. The questions throughout are equal parts brilliant, gross, and wonderfully absurd and the answers are thorough, deeply researched, and great fun. Do you need any of this information? No. Are you happy - indeed, delighted - to have it? Almost certainly yes. Science isn't easy, but in Munroe's capablehands, it surely can be fun.
PRAISE FOR WHAT IF? 2
Tim Harford, Financial Times
One of my favourite books of the year.
WIRED
Head-scratching . . . seemingly simple conundrums lead to the most fascinating of rabbit holes.
Newsweek
*Staff's Favourite Books of 2022* A dense litany of thoroughly researched explanations of intensely silly hypotheticals. Perfect if you enjoy it when stuffy figures of authority crack a smile. Or if you like it when black holes form. That happens a lot.
Tim Harford
One of my favourite books of the year