What If? -Book Review

Title: What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Author: Randall Munroe



I have no idea how this book got on my TBR list, but I am glad that it did.

It was good. Way better than I thought it would be.  Given, I had pretty much zero expectations for this book, because once again I didn’t even read the full title, and just knew it was a vaguely science book.

I listened to the audiobook, which was a great decision. It was read by Will Wheaton, and actually had me laughing out loud at times, especially during the “Weird and Worrying Questions from the What If inbox” chapters (those answers, while not serious, were definitely my favorite).

This book is about all the weird questions that the author, Munroe, receives.  They are seriously strange questions, ranging from how high you would have to drop a steak for it to cook by the time it reaches the ground (really high, unless you like your steak blue), and what would happen if everyone on earth gathered in one place and jumped, landing on the ground at the same time?

The author didn’t just answer these questions. That would be a pretty boring book.  He took it one step farther, and explored all the options for answers. He took it one step farther (what if we add MORE power?)

Even the citations (the earth is big- citation needed) add a level of humor that I didn’t expect.  It was clever, fun to read (or listen to), and I actually feel like I learned a lot. It was mostly useless information that I will never need in my life, but still. I learned. Kind of.

If you like science, and like science humor, this book is definitely for you.


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