WHAT IF?: Serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 5 November

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • What if?
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Event description

What would happen if the Earth's rotation were sped up until a day only lasted one second? How far would a tungsten countertop descend if I dropped it into the Sun? Has humanity produced enough paint to cover the entire land area of the Earth?

Randall Munroe has been answering absurd questions with serious scientific answers on his website and now is bringing the best together in this talk.

His book 'What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions' will be published 4 September. Get your book and ticket to the event for the special price of £20.

This event is now SOLD OUT. To be added to the waiting list, please visit our Eventbrite page.

About the speaker

Former NASA roboticist, Randall Munroe is a webcomic author who started the famous online science comic xkcd. The comic covers antyhing from statements on life and love to mathematical and scientific jokes. 


  • Credit: xkcd

  • Credit: xkcd

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