By: Randall Munroe
Genre: Humor and Non Fiction
Length: 320 pages
The author of this book, Randall Munroe, is a NASA roboticist turned webcomic author. He created the webcomic series xkcd, and is a total physics geek. The International Astronomical Union named an asteroid after him, and the Massachusetts-based scientist has a website where people ask him ridiculous questions that he responds to with serious, scientifically accurate answers. Munroe chose the most absurd, ludicrous questions he could find on his website to answer in-depth in this book. He extensively researched things like powerful laser pointers, Pittsburg-style steak, speed bump injuries, and Yoda’s telekinesis to answer a variety of odd questions.
This book is perfect for people who love physics, as well as for people who don't. The book is hilarious as well as eye-opening to things you might never have thought about before. Randall Munroe has a crazy sense of humor, and you will be laughing all day at his ridiculous jokes and comedic approaches to the questions. Funny little cartoons are added to give visuals, provided by the cartoonist side of Munroe, which adds to the book in a way that normal illustrations don’t. I really recommend this book; I was laughing for hours!
Reviewed by Aasiya, '24