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From Barnes & NobleA Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2014
Randall Munroe isn’t afraid to answer the tough questions. The questions that leave us lying awake deep into the night, pondering. Questions like, “What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light?” (Answer: It would not go well.) For years, Munroe, a former NASA roboticist, has explored the absurd side of mathematics and technology in his popular webcomic xkcd, and he brings the same skewed genius (and endearing stick-figure drawings) to bear answering off-the-wall questions with as much scientific accuracy as he can muster (even when the question is, “Is it possible to build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?”). See all of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2014.