What If? By Randall Munroe
I bought it and started reading it before one of my classes. This was a mistake because I instantly fell in love with it. A few Mediation lessons later I was rushing home so I could read more of this amazing book.
So now that I've set up my love for this book, let me tell you a bit about it:
Based off the website started by the author What If? explores the stupid questions asked by every day people, answered by a scientist who worked for NASA. But don't let his profession fool you; Randall Munroe is just as absurd as the questions being asked.
With pop culture references he manages to explain how the world would fare if the Earth stopped spinning suddenly. What would happen if someone hit a baseball traveling at 90% the speed of light? The answer is much more complicated than it seems but that doesn't stop him from answering it seriously.
Don't understand science or find it hard to keep reading it page after page? Don't worry! There are pictures drawn by the author himself to help keep the humour at a respectable level.
It may not be a great story about adventure and finding yourself, but What If? is an entertaining read that makes you somehow feel smarter while killing off all your braincells.
God, I loved this book. While I was reading it I couldn't help but send pictures from the book to my friends. Now they are all asking to borrow the book since there are no more on campus. There is something about the author's very 'non-serious' tone of voice coupled with his advanced knowledge makes the book that much better to read.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Have a great day everyone and happy reading!