I wanted to try reading a non-fiction book for the first time and came across this book. I have never heard of this book but I was attracted to the dinosaur on the cover of the book. (Yup, I’m guilty of judging books by their cover). But as soon as I started reading it at the bookstore, I was hooked and decided to buy the book. And I’m glad I made that decision because, boy, I love it!
To describe this book in a simple way; It’s a compilation of answers to the questions submitted by the readers. The interesting thing about this book is, it is not answered in a boring, textbook-like way, instead it is accompanied with stick figures and it is full of humour.
Here are some amusing questions that Munroe managed to answer in the book:
What would happen if you made a periodic table out of cube-shaped bricks, where each brick was made of the corresponding element?
Is it possible to build a jetpack using downward firing machine guns?
From what height would you need to drop a steak for it to be cooked when it hit the ground?
What would happen if you tried to fly a normal Earth airplane above different solar system bodies?
How much force power can Yoda output?
How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live?
If you have ever find yourself thinking about these questions, then this book will give you awesome answers.
Since Munroe uses real science to answer these question (he even uses computer simulations, researches, solving complicated equations), I find his effort to get the answers are amusing.
Munroe also included some questions that he can’t or prefer not to answer since they are “weird and worrying” but these questions just add humours to the book.
Although it’s a science book, I must say that it is entertaining too. Who would have thought that science book can be entertaining? And you don’t have to be a scientist to understand the answers as they are explained in a simple way.
Like I said, I enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it to everyone!
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