Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions ("what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?") using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google's data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something.
Asteroid xkcd. Randall Munroe of comic xkcd has his own asteroid! Asteroid 4942 Munroe (nee 1987 DU6) orbits the Sun on the inner edge of the main asteroid belt—it’s no threat to Earth—about 330 million kilometers (200 million miles) out.
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What if? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe ---- The creator of the popular webcomic "xkcd" presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including "What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?" and "Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?" (4/17)
Randall Munroe of XKCD is getting his comics in science textbooks