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.

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.

A Conversation With Randall Munroe, the Creator of XKCD

A Conversation With Randall Munroe, the Creator of XKCD

A Conversation With Randall Munroe, the Creator of XKCD

A Conversation With Randall Munroe, the Creator of XKCD

Q: What would happen if a beloved web comic created a series of ... physics explainers?

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.

xkcd Gets Rocked. Like, Asteroid Rocked.

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.

TED Playlist: The funniest TED Talks • 1) Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems... palsy is just one 2) Ze Frank: Nerdcore comedy 3) Emily Levine: A theory of everything 4) Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work 5) Julia Sweeney: It's time for "The Talk" 6) Bob Mankoff: Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon 7) Randall: Munroe Comics that ask "what if?" 8) Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity 9) Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village

TED Playlist: The funniest TED Talks • 1) Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems... palsy is just one 2) Ze Frank: Nerdcore comedy 3) Emily Levine: A theory of everything 4) Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work 5) Julia Sweeney: It's time for "The Talk" 6) Bob Mankoff: Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon 7) Randall: Munroe Comics that ask "what if?" 8) Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity 9) Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

The spaceman and the cartoonist

Chris Hadfield meets Randall Munroe: ‘Are we alone in the universe?'

Thing Explainer, New Book Explaining Things With the 1,000 Most Common Words by Randall Munroe

'Thing Explainer', A New Book Explaining Things With the 1,000 Most Common Words by 'xkcd' Creator Randall Munroe

Thing Explainer, New Book Explaining Things With the 1,000 Most Common Words by Randall Munroe

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)

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)

Fans of webcomic XKCD will be well aware how lucidly its creator, former NASA roboticist Randall Munroe, can explain complicated ideas using just stick figures and dialogue. Well now Munroe's...

Randall Munroe of XKCD is getting his comics in science textbooks

Fans of webcomic XKCD will be well aware how lucidly its creator, former NASA roboticist Randall Munroe, can explain complicated ideas using just stick figures and dialogue. Well now Munroe's...

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