Sunday, 1 March 2015

what if? (Mini book Review)

This blog has been dormant for a while, mostly because the members were busy with many things, but let me break the ice once again. In the intervening two months, I have read a couple of non-fiction books, mostly based on science, and today I want to speak about one particular book that I enjoyed reading a lot. The book is called 'what if?' with the tag line 'Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions' by Randall Munroe, the creator of the highly successful webcomic xkcd.

The book as the tag line suggests, tries to give serious answers to absurd questions that people ask Munroe on his blog what if. Questions ranging from what would happen to you if you grow a feet per second to others like what would happen if you could go back or forward in time and look at a particular place on earth as it evolves are answered citing reliable scientific sources and with physics and mathematics. The book was an enjoyable read and I finished it quickly, some physics went by me to be honest but still I got to learn a lot of new and exciting stuff.

If you are familiar with xkcd, then you would know about the iconic stick figures that Munroe makes. The book is full of them and it adds a new dimension of fun to the answers. If you are into physics, even though your knowledge may be of a rudimentary kind still I assure you, this book will actually blow your mind. If your hunger is not satiated even after reading this marvelous book, then go to his blog and see him answer more such absurd questions using logic. He updates the blog once every fortnight at the least. And yes, the dollops of sarcasm dripping from so many of the answers will be a pleasure in itself!

And finally I promise a longer post the next time around. Ciao!