Not all books are exactly educational – even this one with “scientific” in the title! But that doesn’t mean they won’t leave you laughing uproariously in a room by yourself.
If you’re a fan of the iconic webcomic xkcd, you won’t want to miss What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe.
In it the xkcd creator answers his fans’ strangest queries, such as “Are fire tornadoes possible?” and “What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light?”
Using illustrations and text, the book features new and never-before-answered questions, depicting for example the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements. Ok, so maybe Munroe’s What If? will each you something after all, but hopefully you never find yourself applying the concepts covered in the book in the real world.