What If?

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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Author: Randall Munroe

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544272994

Category: Humor

Page: 320

View: 8738

The creator of the incredibly popular webcomic xkcd presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including “What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?” and “Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?” 100,000 first printing.

What If?

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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Author: Randall Munroe

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544272641

Category: Humor

Page: 320

View: 7869

From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask 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 an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans’ strangest questions. The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical: • What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool? • Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns? • What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City? • Are fire tornadoes possible? His responses are masterpieces of clarity and wit, gleefully and accurately explaining everything from the relativistic effects of a baseball pitched at near the speed of light to the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.

What If?

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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Author: Randall Munroe

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1848549598

Category: Humor

Page: 320

View: 5373

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd.com, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions: How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living? How many humans would a T Rex rampaging through New York need to eat a day? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations and consults nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.

What If --

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Author: Regina J. Williams

Publisher: Illumination Arts Pub. Co.

ISBN: 9780935699227

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 1390

A child speculates about flying teddy bears, flowers that taste like candy, gold snowflakes, and more.

What If ...?

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Author: Anthony Browne

Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)

ISBN: 0763674192

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 6226

As Joe and his mother walk down a street on their way to a party, Joe starts to worry about such things as what if he doesn't like the party and what if he doesn't like the food.

The Book of What If...?

Questions and Activities for Curious Minds

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Author: Matt Murrie,Andrew R McHugh

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1481430742

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 240

View: 5883

From the creators of the What If…? Conference comes a quirky book that encourages kids to explore and engage with the world around them by asking more than eighty wild, absurd, and thought provoking questions. What if a book didn’t just tell you how to think or what to know, but rather encouraged you to think for yourself? What if there was a book that focused on asking questions instead of just answering them? The Book of What If…? does just that! What if you lived on a floating city? What if politicians were kids? What if broccoli tasted like chocolate? What if you could explore outer space? By asking these fun, open-ended questions, this book fosters greater critical thinking skills and gives kids a space to interact by breaking out a notebook to draw or write out their personal reactions, or engage in entertaining exercises with family and friends. Plus, sidebars deepen the investigation with peer-to-peer insights, historical and current profiles, real-life examples, and more, making for unlimited learning opportunities! Divided into sections—history, people, stuff, and nature—along with four introductory texts to open up a dialogue about why it’s important to be inquisitive and to always ask questions, The Book of What If…? is sure to be a hit with kids, teachers, and parents alike. So ask a question and let the answers lead you on an exciting journey filled with endless opportunities to learn!

What If

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Author: Rebecca Donovan

Publisher: Forever

ISBN: 1455533092

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 8645

A new novel by the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Breathing Series . . . What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time? Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago. Except this girl isn't Nicole. She looks exactly like Cal's shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated-and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she's hiding, the less he wants to know. When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems. NEW BONUS epilogue, author interview, book club guide and more.

What If?

Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue

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Author: Steve Robbins

Publisher: Nicholas Brealey

ISBN: 0891063609

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 216

View: 8310

Twenty-six inspiring, lively, and personal stories that illustrate concepts of diversity and inclusion, as well as invite discussion among groups.

What If?

Thought Experimentation in Philosophy

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Author: Nicholas Rescher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351321862

Category: Philosophy

Page: 189

View: 1829

Thought experimentation has been a staple of philosophical methodology since classical antiquity, when Xenophanes of Colophon speculated that if horses had gods, they would be equine in form. Nicholas Rescher's What If? undertakes a systematic survey of the role and utility of thought experiments in philosophy. After surveying the historical issues, Rescher examines the principles involved, and explains the conditions under which thought experimentation can validly yield instructive results in philosophy. The reader gains understanding of the differences between scientific and philosophical experiments. What If? begins by examining the nature of thought experiments. It presents an overview of how thought experiments have figured in natural science and in historical studies, before moving on to examine how they function as an instrument of philosophical inquiry. After examining thought experiments from the pre-Socratics to the present day, Rescher turns from history to analysis, and examines the modes of reasoning involved in the use of speculative hypotheses in philosophical problem solving. He shows the limitations of speculative ontology, showing that thought experimentation can lead readily to paradox in a way that increasingly diminishes its usefulness. The book concludes by arguing and illustrating how and when it becomes pointless to push speculation, or thought experimentation beyond the limits of intelligibility and cogent sense. Among the principal features of Rescher's book is its elaborate analysis of the appropriate conditions for philosophical thought experimentation. Its cardinal thesis is that there indeed are limits to the appropriateness of this important methodological resource and that transgressing these limits destroys the prospect of drawing any valid lessons for the philosophical enterprise. What If? will be of interest to philosophers, students of philosophy, and theorists of logic and reasoning.

What If . . .

A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know for Sure

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Author: Shirley MacLaine

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476728623

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 8470

From Academy Award–winning actress and bestselling author Shirley MacLaine, a collection of imaginative ruminations: “Fun and thoughtful by turns and told in MacLaine’s feisty, funny voice, this should appeal to fans and doubters alike” (Booklist). Beloved actress and bestselling author Shirley MacLaine contemplates everything from the everyday to the esoteric in this collection of ideas and observations, each of which begins with two simple, powerful words: What if? Taking this as her starting point, Shirley explores a wide range of matters—spiritual and secular, humorous and profound, earthbound and intergalactic, personal and universal. Along the way, she also reflects on joining the cast of Downton Abbey, receiving the prestigious American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, and introducing a new puppy into her formerly one-dog home. From Shirley’s questions emerges a striking portrait of a constantly curious woman who thrills to new ideas and discoveries—all while enjoying one of the most extraordinary and enduring careers in Hollywood. What if . . . captures the one and only Shirley MacLaine at her witty, acerbic, imaginative, and irresistible best.

What If . . . All Your Friends Turned On You

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Author: Liz Ruckdeschel,Sara James

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0375893393

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 240

View: 4524

The popular interactive series returns! Can you save Haley from loserdom? Sixteen-year-old Haley Miller is back at Hillsdale High school after the holiday break, and she’s finally got her driver’s license! But something fishy is going on. The few people she trusts are now acting less than trustworthy, and she’s beginning to wonder: is she turning into an outcast? Haley was looking forward to her best spring break yet, but now it’s not clear she’ll get an invite from anybody. Maybe readers—with their excellent decision-making skills—can guide Haley back to her rightful place in the social strata. Anything’s possible in this fun series where Choose Your Own Adventure meets Gossip Girl. From the Trade Paperback edition.

What If It's Us

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Author: Becky Albertalli,Adam Silvera

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062795244

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 448

View: 2863

Critically acclaimed and bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera combine their talents in this smart, funny, heartfelt collaboration about two very different boys who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together—or pulling them apart. ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them . . . ? Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated. Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited. But what if they can’t nail a first date even after three do-overs? What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work and Ben doesn’t try hard enough? What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play? But what if it is? What if it’s us?

What If?

Imagine the Possibilities...

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Author: Matthew Imes

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1546203206

Category: Fiction

Page: 234

View: 9550

How many times have you asked yourself, what if? If youre like most of us, the answer is Too many times to count. A timely story at a major intersection of human and computer connectivity and communication, this novel explores new avenues of self-examination and experimentation. Ryan Jones, a divorced thirty-plus-year-old is looking for answers. His search leads him to a humanlike artificial intelligence program that is incorporated into an advanced virtual reality system. The software program, Stan, helps Ryan explore his past, allowing Ryan to see what could have happened had he made different choices in life.

What If?

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Author: Ironwil

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1452098158

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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DECEPTION, GREED, PERVERSION, EVIL DESIRES TO OVERCOME THE GOOD OF A NATION WHICH ONCE WAS A GOD-FEARING SUPER POWER... What If? draws you into the demonic workings of sin-filled beings who are bent on dominating and controlling self-centered, weak people who rely on a leadership who promises the gold ring but delivers the stench of sulfur, and killings so vile only the lowest of beasts could fathom. Humans see only what can be touched, what is unseen can be holy or loathsome, and what is repulsive is coming to an ungodly nation which has fallen so far you have to wonder, is there a way out? When people don't have God in their lives they can be deceived so easily. Morals and family values are so important in order to prosper in God's Name. The world has come to this point in What If? where they live for themselves, resist God's Word, and the family structure has decayed so far that there is little left that resembles what God represented in His Holy Word. How much money do we really need to be happy? What is more important, money to live or money for prestige? Who would be happier at the end of the day, the end of the world? What will become of this place most call home when Robert steps into the leadership role for which he has been programmed and customized? Will Sabula fulfill the purpose for which she was placed here? Will Father John succeed in his role of informant? Will Steven, Penny, Dale, and Lisa follow God's Plan? Read how it all began and where it is going.

What If

It Were True

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Author: Kevin E. Moore

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1468542230

Category: Religion

Page: 136

View: 9639

Have you ever grown tired of hearing about the battle between science and religion? Or searched for the answer to a question, only to come up with another dead end? This book is a collection of poems and thoughts, by the author, simply meant to intrigue you enough to discover and find answers to some of the thoughts and questions you have yourself. Some of the contents of this book are of actual events and responses, to questions and problems, the author faced and dealt with in his everyday life. With an interesting collection of stories and poetry, this book is intended for the enjoyment of all its readers, and to, hopefully, bring peace and serenity into their lives as well.

What If . . . Everyone Knew Your Name

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Author: Liz Ruckdeschel,Sara James

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0307434117

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 352

View: 1635

Meet Haley Miller. She’s a 15-year-old girl of average height, average weight, and an average sense of style. Installed in her first public high school, Haley faces the toughest choices of her young life. And guess what? She’s all yours. In this interactive novel, readers lead Haley through the halls of Hillsdale High for better or for worse. Until graduation do you part. Do you guide her away from the pitfalls of peer pressure? Or into the vortex of bad boys and parties? Send her to homecoming with the captain of the soccer team . . . or have her skip the dance to go on a road trip with the hot rebel. Give Haley a makeover or teach her to love herself the way she is. Pick which crowd she’ll hang with. Tell her how often to do her homework. And decide whether she drinks or inhales. You determine her fortune. Her grades, her friends, her love life, her future. With Haley’s many positive traits, you should have no trouble achieving success . . . or will you? It’s all in the way you work, love, and play with Haley Miller, the girl with the most potential at Hillsdale High. From the Trade Paperback edition.

What If

A lifetime's reflection on safety and leadership

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Author: Dwayne Rae

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1456717979

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 196

View: 6564

How many of us have made the decision to put ourselves at-risk in the work site? Now that we have answered that question with, “I have”, how many of us have ever sat around after making that decision and said, “I knew that was going to happen”? This book is about watching people very early on in my career who constantly took risks to benefit the company’s bottom line. When I saw others do it, I decided to do it also. The results were a life time of escalating at-risk behaviour and then ultimately paying a tremendous personal price for it. In this book I share my revelations, and rationalise why I and others like me kept doing the unsafe acts. I share many heartfelt stories, some that end humourously and some that end tragically. I promise you that everything in this book is a real as it gets. Sometimes fact is indeed more terrifying than fiction. Thousands of people have attended my seminars and been moved by my lifetime of recollections. This book continues the sharing process on larger scale. For all the wrong reasons, please enjoy this book of my life.

What If...

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Author: Samantha Berger

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0316515930

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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Creativity, the power of imagination, and the importance of self-expression are celebrated in this inspiring picture book written and illustrated by real-life best friends. This girl is determined to express herself! If she can't draw her dreams, she'll sculpt or build, carve or collage. If she can't do that, she'll turn her world into a canvas. And if everything around her is taken away, she'll sing, dance, and dream... Stunning mixed media illustrations, lyrical text, and a breathtaking gatefold conjure powerful magic in this heartfelt affirmation of art, imagination, and the resilience of the human spirit.

What If ?

The Revised Edition

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Author: Mike Howarth-Baker

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781456797454

Category: Poetry

Page: 128

View: 4105

This book is about my experiences and views of my life long issues and what i felt and experienced whilst changing my life, and how sometimes when you clean up all your hidden memories come flooding back. I had a lot to deal with, and had to overcome them. Learning different ways and behaviors to understand my past and move on, and find a different way of living. My poetry came in recovery as a way of dealing with my issues and it helped me. so now what i have learned is to, share what i`ve been through, But from within were no-one can reach you unless you know the thoughts and feeling from your own experiences.

The Collected What If?

Eminent Historians Imagining what Might Have Been : Essays

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Author: Robert Cowley

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 9780399152382

Category: Social Science

Page: 827

View: 7112

Historians and philosophers alike have pondered the crucial turning points of history--the events that forever altered the course of civilization and set the stage for the world in which we live today. In these essays, some of the most respected minds of our time as the question "What if...": Pontius Pilate hadn't ordered Jesus Christ's crucifixion? Abraham Lincoln hadn't abolished slavery? A Confederate aide hadn't accidentally lost General Robert E. Lee's plans for invading the North? The Allied invasion of D Day had failed? Pope Pius XII had spoken out against the Holocaust? The Mongols had succeeded in conquering Europe? --From publisher's description.