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Re: The "What-If?" Book

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:30 pm UTC
by persephone977
My sweetheart and I have received this book as a Christmas present and are enjoying it immensely. Thank you for the section on self-fertilization. It helped clarify for me why scientists have been having so much trouble with viable and healthy cloned animals. I knew intuitively that it made sense that this would be hard, now I understand the science and math behind why this is so, which is much more thorough than intuition. Thanks again for a great and enjoyable book! :)

Randall's book, "What If", is the BEST thing I've ever read

Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:50 am UTC
by LolaLynnRN
I don't usually go around spouting praise about things I enjoy on public forums...however, after reading his book "What If?", I felt compelled to share my feelings. I can positively say that I have never enjoyed reading anything more than I enjoyed reading this book. I am a total nerd and love to read and research. Randall's combination o the evidence-based information (to ridiculous questions I never would have thought to entertain!), comics, and footnote comments hooked me from the start. I love research and understanding things I don't know about, but also have a very sarcastic (some say adolescent) sense of humor and viewing things. Don't get me wrong, I'm not actually an adolescent, I have a master's degree from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; apparently my proclivity towards sarcastic humor; I laughed for hours and hours. I think many of the same things, and truly enjoyed reading this. In my opinion, Randall is a rare combination of high intelligence and knowledge, as well as one who has the ability to add to scientific knowledge with satire and witticism. He has a great talent for comprehending actual science, while spicing it up with humorous notes on the absurdities of some of the concepts!! FANTASTIC BOOK AND AUTHOR.

Re: Randall's book, "What If", is the BEST thing I've ever r

Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:06 pm UTC
by Neil_Boekend
Welcome to the forums. In the Science subforums some other weird questions are worked out (for example this topic). I hope you'll enjoy it here.

Oh and: there are both general forum rules and specific ones for each subforum.

What if? Book limited Extended Edition?

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:15 pm UTC
by Gefrierbrand
Hi everyone.

I noticed that now offeres a link in the headbanner to an extended (an limited) version of the What If? book: Image
However, it only seems to advertise the German Version, and I coudn't find the original, english one.

So here are a few questions:
Is there an english version, and where can I get it?
Are the extra chapters completely new or just WhatIfs from the webside not published in the book yet?

Any help is really appreciated and thanks in advance.

Re: What if? Book limited Extended Edition?

Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:54 am UTC
by Raidri
I also would be interested in an english limited edition but have only seen the german one.

By comparing the content tables we find five new question at the end of the limited editon, (probably) all previous questions from the website:

Spinnen vs die Sonne (
Schwimmen auf dem Mond (
Ballonauto (
Weltraumbestattung (
Haufenweise Geld verdienen (probably

Re: What if? Book limited Extended Edition?

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:08 pm UTC
by Gefrierbrand
I now have bought the special Edition and can compare it to my existing (UK) book:

As you can see, the most prominent difference beside the language is the size and the coloring scheme:

Also, it does indeed contain the five additional chapters as mentioned above by Raidri.

Re: The "What-If?" Book

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:11 pm UTC
by PTGFlyer
Does anybody know the Finnish in the Supersonic Windstorm?

Re: ᗒ Rules for 'What-if' threads ᗕ

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:54 pm UTC
by ooker
What if I have a question about an article that only appears in the What If? book and not the site? I have asked it here, but it is poor-received: Where is the number 130 archers per meter in attempt 2, in the "Sparta" article in the "What If?" book?

Re: The "What-If?" Book

Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:57 pm UTC
by Felstaff
Moved your post to The "What-If?" Book thread.

Something Noticed in 'What If?'

Posted: Sun May 07, 2017 4:17 am UTC
by qwebb911
I don't know if this has been said before, I'm sure I can't be the only one to see it, but Munroe seems to have confused the death of Georgi Markov for the death of Alexander Litvinenko, mentioned in the footnotes on page 40 of 'What If?'. Markov received a fatal dose of poison through an umbrella tip, whereas Litvinenko received a poisioning of Polonium-210 via a tea kettle.

Thought it would be worth mentioning.