3 For Fans of Unusual Science

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you threw a baseball at the speed of light? Whether you could actually spontaneously combust? How to realistically conquer the world? Of course, everyone does. You can Google some of these, but some are a little too specific. And if you’re like most people, you don’t have a bevy of scientist friends ready to answer your questions on a dime. So you’re left with what you do have. Try these books.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
Millions of people visit xkcd.com 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. In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics.

AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World’s Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, and Unexplained Phenomena by Mitch Moffit and Greg Brown
From the creators of the wildly popular and seriously scientific YouTube channel, AsapSCIENCE, comes entertaining, irreverent, and totally accessible answers to the questions you never got to ask in science class. This is the science that people actually want to learn, shared in a friendly, engaging style. And in the spirit of science, no subject is taboo. 

How to Take Over the World: Practical Schemes and Scientific Solutions for the Aspiring Supervillain by Ryan North
North details a number of outlandish villainous schemes, drawing on known science and real-world technologies. As he instructs readers on how to take over the world, North also reveals how we can save it. This sly guide to some of the greatest challenges and existential threats facing humanity accessibly explores ways to mitigate climate change, improve human life spans, prevent cyberterrorism, and finally make Jurassic Park a reality.