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  • What If?

  • Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  • By: Randall Munroe
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,563

Millions of people visit each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous but serious answers to crazy hypothetical

  • By Neuron on 05-08-16


3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

more current, more factual; how to prevent war

If you’ve listened to books by Randall Munroe before, how does this one compare?

already listened

What aspect of Wil Wheaton’s performance would you have changed?

par for the course

Was What If? worth the listening time?

good enough

Any additional comments?

include the latest; beyond uranium; large hadron collider;;

  • The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World

  • By: David W. Ball, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David W. Ball
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

In the 24 engaging lectures of The Nature of Matter, no scientific background is needed to appreciate such miracles of everyday life as a bouncing rubber ball or water's astonishing power to dissolve. Moreover, the study of matter has led directly to such inventions as semiconductor circuits for computers, new fabrics for clothes, and powerful adhesives for medicine and industry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 95% Chemistry, 5% Physics

  • By Matt on 09-06-16

FTCUA review of the Prof Ball's Nature of Matter

4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-16

What did you love best about The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World?

I listened first run nonstop; I learned already. Prof Ball delivery was good.
My physics and chemistry courses were more structured.

The shell theory of the atom should be termed theory.

Good you emphasized wave and particle nature of e-m radiation.

Should touch on non ionizing and ionizing radiation.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World?

Explanation of heat capacity, thermodynamics, plastics and thermoplastics; however you missed talking about BIOFUELS and baseline studies for Oil and Natural Gas exploration and the need for alternatives to chemical and hydraulic fracking.

What does Professor David W. Ball bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

audible is capturing one's attention

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

i will listen for a second time.

Any additional comments?

thumbs up

4 of 6 people found this review helpful