Book: Randall Munroe «What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions»

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, digs through declassified military research memos, consults with nuclear-reactor operators, times scenes from Star Wars with a stopwatch, calls his mother, and Googles some very freaky-looking animals. This book features the most popular questions from the blog, but many (51 per cent!) are new. When Randall Munroe is your guide, science gets really weird really fast. Near-light-speed baseball pitches can level entire city blocks. A mole of moles can suffocate the planet in a blanket of meat. Yoda can use the Force to recharge his electric-model Smart Car. Munroe's hilarious and compelling answers explain everything from the odds of meeting your soulmate to the many ways you could die while building a periodic table out of the actual elements. Welcome to the strange world of what If.

Издательство: "John Murray" (2014)

Формат: 160x210, 320 стр.

ISBN: 978-1-84854-957-9

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Randall Munroe

Infobox comics creator
name = Randall Munroe

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caption = Randall Munroe speaking at MIT.
birthname = Randall Patrick Munroe
birthdate = birth date and age|1984|10|17
location = Easton, Pennsylvania
deathdate =
deathplace =
nationality = American
area = Pen and pencil
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notable works = "xkcd"
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Randall Patrick Munroe (born October 17 1984) is a programmer best known for creating the webcomic "xkcd". He and the webcomic have developed a cult following, and he is one of a very small group of webcomic artists who are self-sufficient.Cite news | id=issn|0362-4331 | last = Cohen | first = Noam | title = This Is Funny Only if You Know Unix | work = The New York Times | accessdate = 2008-09-25 | date = 2008-05-26 | url = ]


A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, Munroe grew up in Chesterfield, Virginia and was a fan of the funny pages from an early age starting off with "Calvin and Hobbes". [cite video |people=@Google Talks (venue) |date2=2007-12-11 |title=Authors@Google: Randall Munroe |url= |format=Adobe Flash |medium=Digital video |publisher=Google |location=Mountain View, California |accessdate=2008-09-25 |time=24:13 |quote=...Calvin and Hobbes was the first comic that I discovered.] He graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2006 with a degree in Physics. [cite web |url= |title=About |accessdate=2008-09-26 |last=Munroe |first=Randall |authorlink=Randall Munroe |publisher=xkcd] [cite web |url=|title= 582 students receive diplomas from Christopher Newport University|accessdate=2008-05-30 |author= |date=2006-05-17 |publisher=Christopher Newport University] Munroe worked as an independent contractor for NASA at the Langley Research Center [cite web |url= |title=Authors@Google: Randall Munroe |accessdate=2008-09-25 |date=2007-12-11 |work=@Google Talks |publisher=Google |location=Mountain View, California] before and after his graduation. In January 2006 his NASA contract lapsed and he began to write "xkcd" full-time. He supported himself by the sale of "xkcd" related merchandise.cite news |first=Rebecca |last=Fernandez |title=xkcd: A comic strip for the computer geek |url= |work=Red Hat Magazine |publisher=Red Hat |location=Raleigh, North Carolina |date=2006-10-12 |accessdate=2008-09-25] The webcomic quickly became very popular, garnering up to 70 million hits a month by October 2007.cite news |first=Adrienne |last=So |title=Real Geek Heart Beats in Xkcd's Stick Figures |url= |work=Wired |publisher=Condé Nast Publications |location=San Francisco |id=ISSN|1059-1028 |date=2007-11-13 |accessdate=2008-09-25]

He has also toured the lecture circuit; giving speeches at such places as Google's Googleplex in Mountain View, California . [cite web |url= |title=Randall Munroe's visit to Google (xkcd) |accessdate=2008-09-25 |last=Spertus |first=Ellen |authorlink=Ellen Spertus |date=2007-12-21 |work=Beyond Satire]

Munroe currently lives with his roommate Derek Radtke in Somerville, Massachusetts.

The comic

"xkcd" is a stick figure comic with themes in computer programming, mathematics, and science.

He had originally used xkcd as an instant messaging screenname because he wanted a name without a meaning so he wouldn't eventually grow tired of it. He registered the domain name, but left it idle until he started posting his drawings in September 2005. [cite video |people=@Google Talks (venue) |date2=2007-12-11 |title=Authors@Google: Randall Munroe |url= |format=Adobe Flash |medium=Digital video |publisher=Google |location=Mountain View, California |accessdate=2008-09-25 |time=48:05 |quote= I'm pretty sure I started in September 2005.] The comic has a very loyal fanbase. Munroe said, "I think the comic that's gotten me the most feedback is actually the one about the [ stoplights] ".

Munroe licenses his creations under the Creative Commons stating that it isn't just about the free culture movement, but that it also makes good business sense. His income derives from the sale of merchandise to his fans consisting of thousands of t-shirts a month.

Other projects

Munroe is the creator of the websites "BestThing", "The Funniest", "The Fairest",and "The Cutest", which present users with two options and ask them to choose one over the other.cite web |url= |title=Short biography of Randall Munroe |accessdate=2008-09-25 |publisher=Pi-Con]

The "WetRiffs" website was started as a joke, one month after drawing the " [ Rule 34] " comic, "lamenting the lack of guitar-in-the-shower pictures on the internet" [cite web |url= |title=Home |accessdate=2008-09-26 |last=Munroe |first=Randall |authorlink=Randall Munroe |date=2008-03-18 |]

LimerickDB encourages the creation of new, as well as the collection of old limericks. [cite web |url= | |accessdate=2008-09-26 |last=Munroe |first=Randall |authorlink=Randall Munroe |date=2008-02-04 |work=Blag |publisher=xkcd] Most recently he started a Geohashing wiki based on one of his comics which contains an algorithm that generates pseudo-random coordinates around the world every day. [ [ xkcd's geohashing wiki] ]

Aside from maintaining his websites, Munroe also engages in kite photography, in which cameras are attached to kites and pictures are then taken of the ground or buildings. [Ben Kuchera, " [ The joys of kite photography] ", Ars Technica, 2007-07-02]

See also

* xkcd
* Stick figure
* List of self-sufficient webcomics


External links

* [ xkcd] the webcomic's site with links to his web store, forums, and blag (blog).
* Randall's comparison sites
** [ BestThing]
** [ The Funniest]
** [ The Fairest]
** [ The Cutest]
* [ WetRiffs]
* [ LimerickDB]
* [ Geohashing wiki]
* [ xkcd-es] Spanish version of the webcomic.

NAME= Munroe, Randall
SHORT DESCRIPTION=webcomic author
DATE OF BIRTH=October 17 1984
PLACE OF BIRTH=Easton, Pennsylvania, United States

Источник: Randall Munroe

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