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edwardspoonhands:

Randall Munroe is a bit of a genius and hopefully he doesn’t see this because I’d be embarrassed to have him hear me say it. 

He’s one of the greatest science explainers of my generation…possibly the greatest. He does it not by explaining science and math and calculus and biology for the sake of understanding it, but by seeking answers. 

And look, that’s why we created biology and calculus and chemistry anyhow. So by searching for answers to really WEIRD questions. Questoins like “Can I build a jetpack out of machine guns” (surprisingly yes, but don’t) and “How much space would all of Google take up if it was on punch cards” (it would bury New England to the height of several kilometers.) And “What would happen if the Earth just stopped spinning but the atmosphere kept moving” (everyone would die, some people less slowly than others.)

To find these answers, Randall does intense amounts of research and also lots and lots of math.

In his “What If?” column he uses this marvelous toolbox that we’ve developed over the last 100,000 years of being a species in such exciting ways that you don’t even know how smart you’re getting as you read it. 

Now he’s turned “What if?” into a book and it is SO MUCH FUN. It’s hilarious and fascinating and shows the kind of obsession with the universe that I find infectious. I’ve been devouring it since I got my copy.

I’ve flown out to San Francisco to interview Randall on the Vlogbrothers channel (Colbert just did an interview with him last week so I guess I’m in good company.) His understanding of the world is extremely deep so he’s able to share only the bits that are either hilarious or fascinating. I’m nervous to spend a bunch of time with him, but very excited to bring his work (I hope) to more people and ideally help sell some copies of his book (which I’m sure is doing just fine without me.)

The Hangout starts in about two hours and I’m gonna go hang out in the chat for it right now

explore-blog:

xkcd, wry as ever, considers the oft-debated impact of texting on writing skills. The xkcd book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, is out today and a must-read. 

explore-blog:

xkcd, wry as ever, considers the oft-debated impact of texting on writing skills. The xkcd book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, is out today and a must-read. 

bookpickings:

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Randall Munroe

The actual science of finding your soul mate:

bookpickings:

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Randall Munroe

The actual science of finding your soul mate:

http://jamesthefourth.tumblr.com/post/96335134392/seriously-everyone-if-you-have-a-younger-brother

jamesthefourth:

Seriously, everyone. If you have a younger brother or cousin or what have you really into the gamer scene right now, make sure they aren’t getting swept up in the whole GamerGate mania right now.

There’s a horrifying lack of empathy brewing in the corners of the internet, and it’s riling…

Catalogue awesome.

Catalogue awesome.

Secret Notebook of author Alex Gilvarry.

Secret Notebook of author Alex Gilvarry.

This month’s #MashReads book is ‘What If?’ by Randall Munroe, creator of webcomic #xkcd. Check Mashable.com to enter our #WhatIfChallenge.

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