Left Bank Books welcomes bestselling author and Former NASA roboticist
who will discuss the eagerly awaited follow-up to the bestselling What If?,
What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions,
in person at the .ZACK
and virtually at 7pm CT on Wednesday, September 28th.
Munroe will be in conversation with simulated astronaut and STEM educator
Dr. Sheyna Gifford
Tickets are available at MetroTix.com for the in person event and Left-Bank.com for the virtual event. Each ticket will include one SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Randall Munroe is the author of the number one New York Times bestsellers How To, What If?, and Thing Explainer; the science question-and-answer blog What If?; and the popular web comic xkcd. A former NASA roboticist, he left the agency in 2006 to draw comics on the internet full time. He lives in Massachusetts.
Dr. Sheyna Gifford is a simulated astronaut, flight surgeon, rehabilitation specialist, STEM educator, professional science communicator, and aerospace medicine researcher. She was the crew health and safety officer for HI-SEAS IV, the longest space analog in US history, and a mission specialist on HERA VI, a simulated mission to Mars-crossing asteroid geographos. She is a captain in the US Air Force Auxiliary and has given numerous public presentations on how Space Needs Everyone and aspires to make space travel safe, affordable, and accessible to everyone who needs space.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of What If? and How To answers more of the weirdest questions you never thought to ask
The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Thank goodness xkcd creator Randall Munroe is here to help. Planning to ride a fire pole from the Moon back to Earth? The hardest part is sticking the landing. Hoping to cool the atmosphere by opening everyone's freezer door at the same time? Maybe it's time for a brief introduction to thermodynamics. Want to know what would happen if you rode a helicopter blade, built a billion-story building, made a lava lamp out of lava, or jumped on a geyser as it erupted? Okay, if you insist.
Before you go on a cosmic road trip, feed the residents of New York City to a T. rex, or fill every church with bananas, be sure to consult this practical guide for impractical ideas. Unfazed by absurdity, Munroe consults the latest research on everything from swing-set physics to airliner catapult-design to answer his readers' questions, clearly and concisely, with illuminating and occasionally terrifying illustrations. As he consistently demonstrates, you can learn a lot from examining how the world might work in very specific extreme circumstances.
"A delight for science geeks with a penchant for oddball thought experiments." -- Kirkus