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XKCD's What If: "Dear Abby for Mad Scientists" in book form

September 2, 2014 7:51 PM

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XKCD's What If: "Dear Abby for Mad Scientists" in book form

The book-length version of Randall "XKCD" Munroe's brilliant What-If? column -- which features scientifically rigorous, utterly absurd answers to ridiculous hypotheticals -- has been on the bestseller lists since it was announced in March. Today, it hits shelves and: It. Is. A. Triumph.

If you read the column, you know the drill: strangers on the Internet ask Munroe weird, extreme hypothetical questions, like what would happen if you could throw a baseball at the speed of light, or what it would take to make an astronomically plausible asteroid of the size and density of the one th...

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