Armchair Science

What If? : Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (cover)

Click above to view What If? in the Plum Creek library catalog

Have you ever wondered …

… what would happen if everyone in the world gathered in one spot, then jumped?

… just how fast you could take a speed bump without dying?

… what would happen if the Earth stopped spinning?

Join some non-scientist nerdy librarians for an Armchair Science Group Read and find out! We will meet on Thursday, May 3rd at 6:30 pm to discuss What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe.

Please contact Paula Nemes ( or Emilirose Rasmusson ( to RSVP.

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What If blog

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