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The Resource What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions, by Randall Munroe, (sound recording)

What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions, by Randall Munroe, (sound recording)

Label
What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions
Title
What if?
Title remainder
serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions
Statement of responsibility
by Randall Munroe
Creator
Contributor
Author
Narrator
Publisher
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical
Accompanying matter
thematic index
Cataloging source
BLACP
Dewey number
500
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
LC call number
  • Q173
  • Q173
LC item number
  • .M965 2014ab
  • .M965 2014ab
Literary text for sound recordings
other
PerformerNote
Read by Wil Wheaton
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions, by Randall Munroe, (sound recording)
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Duration: 6:30:00
  • Compact discs
  • "Tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking"--Container
  • "Includes bonus PDF disc with illustrations"--Container
  • Unabridged
Accompanying material
1 CD-ROM (PDF files, illustrations ; 4 3/4 in)
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Carrier category
  • audio disc
  • computer disc
Carrier category code
  • sd
  • cd
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
  • spoken word
  • text
Content type code
  • spw
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • Everybody jump
  • A mole of moles
  • Hair dryer
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #2
  • The last human light
  • Machine-gun jetpack
  • Rising steadily
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #3
  • Orbital submarine
  • Short-answer section
  • Global windstorm
  • Lightning
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #4
  • Human computer
  • Little planet
  • Steak drop
  • Hockey puck
  • Common cold
  • Glass half empty
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #5
  • Alien astronomers
  • Relativistic baseball
  • No more DNA
  • Interplanetary Cessna
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #6
  • Yoda
  • Flyover states
  • Falling with helium
  • Everybody out
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #7
  • Self-fertilization
  • High throw
  • Spent fuel pool
  • Lethal neutrinos
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #8
  • Speed bump
  • Lost immortals
  • Orbital speed
  • FedEx bandwidth
  • Free fall
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #9
  • Sparta
  • Drain the oceans
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #1
  • Drain the oceans : part II
  • Twitter
  • Lego bridge
  • Longest sunset
  • Random sneeze call
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #10
  • Expanding Earth
  • Weightless arrow
  • Sunless Earth
  • Updating a printed Wikipedia
  • New York-style time machine
  • Facebook of the dead
  • Sunset on the British Empire
  • Stirring tea
  • All the lightning
  • Loneliest human
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #11
  • Raindrop
  • SAT guessing
  • Neutron bullet
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #12
  • Soul mates
  • Richter 15
  • Laser pointer
  • Periodical wall of the elements
Control code
sky264624177
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. +
Dimensions
  • 4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
  • 4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
6 audio discs (6 hr., 30 min.)
Form of item
direct electronic
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781483030180
Isbn Type
(Library ed.)
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Media category
  • audio
  • computer
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • s
  • c
Other control number
9781483030203
Other physical details
digital, CD audio
Publisher number
Z9975
Sound
unknown sound
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
  • sound disc
  • optical disk
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System details
System requirements for PDF: PC with Adobe Acrobat or other PDF reader
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable
Label
What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions, by Randall Munroe, (sound recording)
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Duration: 6:30:00
  • Compact discs
  • "Tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking"--Container
  • "Includes bonus PDF disc with illustrations"--Container
  • Unabridged
Accompanying material
1 CD-ROM (PDF files, illustrations ; 4 3/4 in)
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Carrier category
  • audio disc
  • computer disc
Carrier category code
  • sd
  • cd
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
  • spoken word
  • text
Content type code
  • spw
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • Everybody jump
  • A mole of moles
  • Hair dryer
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #2
  • The last human light
  • Machine-gun jetpack
  • Rising steadily
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #3
  • Orbital submarine
  • Short-answer section
  • Global windstorm
  • Lightning
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #4
  • Human computer
  • Little planet
  • Steak drop
  • Hockey puck
  • Common cold
  • Glass half empty
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #5
  • Alien astronomers
  • Relativistic baseball
  • No more DNA
  • Interplanetary Cessna
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #6
  • Yoda
  • Flyover states
  • Falling with helium
  • Everybody out
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #7
  • Self-fertilization
  • High throw
  • Spent fuel pool
  • Lethal neutrinos
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #8
  • Speed bump
  • Lost immortals
  • Orbital speed
  • FedEx bandwidth
  • Free fall
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #9
  • Sparta
  • Drain the oceans
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #1
  • Drain the oceans : part II
  • Twitter
  • Lego bridge
  • Longest sunset
  • Random sneeze call
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #10
  • Expanding Earth
  • Weightless arrow
  • Sunless Earth
  • Updating a printed Wikipedia
  • New York-style time machine
  • Facebook of the dead
  • Sunset on the British Empire
  • Stirring tea
  • All the lightning
  • Loneliest human
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #11
  • Raindrop
  • SAT guessing
  • Neutron bullet
  • Weird (and worrying) questions from the What if? inbox, #12
  • Soul mates
  • Richter 15
  • Laser pointer
  • Periodical wall of the elements
Control code
sky264624177
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. +
Dimensions
  • 4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
  • 4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
6 audio discs (6 hr., 30 min.)
Form of item
direct electronic
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781483030180
Isbn Type
(Library ed.)
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Media category
  • audio
  • computer
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • s
  • c
Other control number
9781483030203
Other physical details
digital, CD audio
Publisher number
Z9975
Sound
unknown sound
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
  • sound disc
  • optical disk
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System details
System requirements for PDF: PC with Adobe Acrobat or other PDF reader
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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