Thursday, September 04, 2014

Today I received my copy of the new book "what if?  Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions", by physicist and ex-NASA robotics engineer Randall Munroe, the Internet cartoonist behind xkcd (

From the back cover:

Humans can't digest the cellulose in paper, but if we could, eating this book would give you about 2300 calories (including the cover). ...

Hidden Feature: The inside of this book has words and pictures. It answers many other important questions, including whether you could jump from a plane with a helium tank and inflate balloons fast enough to slow your fall and survive (yes) and whether you could hide from a supersonic windstorm in Finland (yes, but it won't help).

I started reading the first question / answer, What would happen if the Earth and all terrestrial objects suddenly stopped spinning, but the atmosphere retained its velocity?

I am entertained.  I recommend the book (and the on-line comic).

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