那些古怪又让人忧心的问题 | What If by Randall Munroe

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那些古怪又让人忧心的问题 | What If by Randall Munroe

Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site XKCD 'a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language' which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks. It now has 600,000 to a million page hits daily. Every now and then, Munroe would get emails asking him to arbitrate a science debate. 'My friend and I were arguing about what would happen if a bullet got struck by lightning, and we agreed that you should resolve it . . . ' He liked these questions so much that he started up What If.

If your cells suddenly lost the power to divide, how long would you survive?

How dangerous is it, really, to be in a swimming pool in a thunderstorm?

If we hooked turbines to people exercising in gyms, how much power could we produce?

What if everyone only had one soulmate?

When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British empire?

How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live?

What would happen if the moon went away?

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, studded with memorable cartoons and infographics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. Far more than a book for geeks, WHAT IF: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions explains the laws of science in operation in a way that every intelligent reader will enjoy and feel much the smarter for having read.

《WHAT IF那些古怪又让人忧心的问题》是比尔·盖茨2015年夏季推荐图书!本书是前NASA员工、超热门科普漫画“xkcd”作家兰德尔·门罗的新作,内容来自他的“What If”科学问答专栏,辅以“xkcd”经典火柴人漫画,轻松幽默地将各学科知识跃然纸上。

如果人体内的DNA瞬间消失了会怎样?如果把海水抽干会怎样?如果地球膨胀得像太阳一样大会怎样?牛排从多高的地方掉下来正好烤熟?全人类搬离地球需要几步?这不是中规中矩的《十万个为什么》,而是脑洞大开的科学真相,小时候萌生的异想天开,都可以在这本书里找到特别机智幽默的科学答案!

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