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Randall Munroe: What If? 2

Sep 15 | Thu |
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This event is TICKETED. You may purchase a $40 book-bundled ticket or a $20 admission ticket.

Join us for an in-person event with former NASA roboticist and New York Times bestselling author Randall Munroe for the release of his new book What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. This event will be hosted at Cooper Union’s The Great Hall in the Foundation Building at 7 East 7th Street, Between Third and Fourth Avenues.

Attendees are required to show proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination and booster and must wear a CDC-recommended mask (disposable surgical, KN95, KF94, or N95) while indoors. Cloth masks alone are not permitted, but may be worn as a second layer over a disposable surgical mask. Registration will be required online. No tickets for entry will be sold at the door. -------------------------------------------------------------------- The #1 New York Times bestselling author of What If? and How To provides his best answers yet to 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, Randall consults the latest research on everything from swing-set physics to airplane-catapult design to clearly and concisely answer his readers’ questions. As he consistently demonstrates, you can learn a lot from examining how the world might work in very specific extreme circumstances.

Filled with bonkers science, boundless curiosity, and Randall’s signature stick-figure comics, What If? 2 is sure to be another instant classic adored by inquisitive readers of all ages.

Venue: The Great Hall - Cooper Union

7 E. 7th Street Map
212-473-1452