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Tänk om…: Seriösa Vetenskapliga Svar på Absurda Hypotetiska Frågor [What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions]

Popular Science

By: Randall Munroe (Author), Helena Sjöstrand Svenn (Translated by), Gösta Svenn (Translated by), Gabriel Setterborg (Translated by)

379 pages, b/w illustrations

Volante

Paperback | Dec 2014 | #228843 | ISBN-13: 9789187419577
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Language: Swedish

Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site XKCD 'a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language' which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks. It's had over a billion page hits to date. A year ago Munroe set up a new section – What If – where he tackles a series of impossible questions: If your cells suddenly lost the power to divide, how long would you survive? How dangerous is it, really, in a pool in a thunderstorm? If we hooked turbines to people exercising in gyms, how much power could we produce? What if everyone only had one soulmate? From what height would you need to drop a steak to ensure it was cooked by the time it reached the ground? What would happen if the moon went away? What If? gathers together the best entries along with lots of new gems. From The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and the songs of Tim Minchin, through chemistry, geography and physics, Munroe leaves no stone unturned in his quest for knowledge. And his answers are witty and memorable and studded with hilarious cartoons and infographics. Far more than a book for geeks, What If? explains the laws of science in operation in a way that every intelligent reader will enjoy and feel the smarter for having read.

Summary in Swedish:
Miljontals människor besöker varje vecka xkcd.com för att ta del av Randall Munroes nätserie. Munroes streckgubbar som funderar på vetenskap, teknologi, språk och kärlek (bland mycket annat) har blivit omåttligt populära, och lika uppskattade är hans svar på läsarnas mest absurda frågor.
- Från vilken höjd behöver man släppa en köttbit för att den ska vara färdiggrillad när den når marken?
- Kan man använda uppochnervända kulsprutor som en jetpack?
- Går det att bygga en bro av Lego över Atlanten?

I jakten på svar använder Munroe avancerade datorsimuleringar, gräver djupt i militära arkiv, pratar med kärnkraftstekniker, analyserar Star Wars-filmerna med ett stoppur, ringer sin mamma och bildgooglar djur. Munroes svar är precisa och underhållande när han förklarar allt ifrån möjligheten att hitta en eventuell själsfrände, till de många hemska sätt du kan dö på om du blandar alla grundämnen.


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