What If?

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Author: Randall Munroe

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544272994

Category: Humor

Page: 320

View: 2898

The creator of the incredibly popular webcomic xkcd presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including “What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?” and “Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?” 100,000 first printing.

What if? Was wäre wenn?

Wirklich wissenschaftliche Antworten auf absurde hypothetische Fragen

Author: Randall Munroe

Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag

ISBN: 364114311X

Category: Nature

Page: 368

View: 7961

Endlich erfindet wieder jemand das Pop-Science-Erklärbuch neu! Wenn xkcd.com einen neuen Science Cartoon postet, vibriert das Internet. Sein Blog What if, auf dem der Physiker Randall Munroe jede Woche scheinbar unsinnige Fragen mit exakter Wissenschaft und genialen Strichmännchen beantwortet, ist Kult. Wie lange würde es dauern, bis wir merken würden, dass sich der Erdumfang verändert? Was wäre, wenn der gesamte Niederschlag in einem – quasi omnidirektionalen - Überschall-Regentropfen fiele? Endlich auch als Buch und endlich auf Deutsch!

What If?

Thought Experimentation in Philosophy

Author: Nicholas Rescher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351321862

Category: Philosophy

Page: 189

View: 1833

Thought experimentation has been a staple of philosophical methodology since classical antiquity, when Xenophanes of Colophon speculated that if horses had gods, they would be equine in form. Nicholas Rescher's What If? undertakes a systematic survey of the role and utility of thought experiments in philosophy. After surveying the historical issues, Rescher examines the principles involved, and explains the conditions under which thought experimentation can validly yield instructive results in philosophy. The reader gains understanding of the differences between scientific and philosophical experiments. What If? begins by examining the nature of thought experiments. It presents an overview of how thought experiments have figured in natural science and in historical studies, before moving on to examine how they function as an instrument of philosophical inquiry. After examining thought experiments from the pre-Socratics to the present day, Rescher turns from history to analysis, and examines the modes of reasoning involved in the use of speculative hypotheses in philosophical problem solving. He shows the limitations of speculative ontology, showing that thought experimentation can lead readily to paradox in a way that increasingly diminishes its usefulness. The book concludes by arguing and illustrating how and when it becomes pointless to push speculation, or thought experimentation beyond the limits of intelligibility and cogent sense. Among the principal features of Rescher's book is its elaborate analysis of the appropriate conditions for philosophical thought experimentation. Its cardinal thesis is that there indeed are limits to the appropriateness of this important methodological resource and that transgressing these limits destroys the prospect of drawing any valid lessons for the philosophical enterprise. What If? will be of interest to philosophers, students of philosophy, and theorists of logic and reasoning.

What If?

Author: Ironwil

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1452098158

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 2558

DECEPTION, GREED, PERVERSION, EVIL DESIRES TO OVERCOME THE GOOD OF A NATION WHICH ONCE WAS A GOD-FEARING SUPER POWER... What If? draws you into the demonic workings of sin-filled beings who are bent on dominating and controlling self-centered, weak people who rely on a leadership who promises the gold ring but delivers the stench of sulfur, and killings so vile only the lowest of beasts could fathom. Humans see only what can be touched, what is unseen can be holy or loathsome, and what is repulsive is coming to an ungodly nation which has fallen so far you have to wonder, is there a way out? When people don't have God in their lives they can be deceived so easily. Morals and family values are so important in order to prosper in God's Name. The world has come to this point in What If? where they live for themselves, resist God's Word, and the family structure has decayed so far that there is little left that resembles what God represented in His Holy Word. How much money do we really need to be happy? What is more important, money to live or money for prestige? Who would be happier at the end of the day, the end of the world? What will become of this place most call home when Robert steps into the leadership role for which he has been programmed and customized? Will Sabula fulfill the purpose for which she was placed here? Will Father John succeed in his role of informant? Will Steven, Penny, Dale, and Lisa follow God's Plan? Read how it all began and where it is going.

What If...?

My Story Of Panic Attacks

Author: K. C. Rinehart

Publisher: Bright Yellow Hat

ISBN: 9781932420432

Category: Self-Help

Page: 97

View: 9702

Your life may be a mess because of panic. In fact, it may have turned into a nightmare. Now all you can do is hope you can get through the day without a panic attack. What you may not realize is that it is possible to have a day without panic. And it can start now. Today is the day to take your life back and to kick panic to the curb. You're ready to get over panic attacks. You're waiting for your life to begin again. If that's what you truly want, get ready. It's time to put it into motion. I speak from experience because that's what I did. I found a way to stop the panic. I hope that my story, What If.? My Story of Panic Attacks, can help you do the same. Isn't it time to take your life back?

What If --

Author: Regina J. Williams

Publisher: Illumination Arts Pub. Co.

ISBN: 9780935699227

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 8569

A child speculates about flying teddy bears, flowers that taste like candy, gold snowflakes, and more.


Thought-Provoking Questions

Author: Kasey Brad

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1453537287

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 72

View: 583

What if you had an awakening? What if you had the experience through channeling to speak to your higher self? Or perhaps a higher entity? Brad Wallis has had such an experience. Through a car accident that caused brain injury or perhaps we should say, an awakening to his higher soul and raising of his frequency, he finally became aware of communications that had been happening his whole life. Through the use of a “channel” and through extraordinary conversations, Brad began to ask some questions that he had always thought of, and he got answers. This book has some of those questions and some of those conversations. What if you could ask and get answers to your innermost questions? Let’s begin and see how it was done. These conversations will show you that you can ask the question, “What if?”

What If

A lifetime's reflection on safety and leadership

Author: Dwayne Rae

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1456717979

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 196

View: 5428

How many of us have made the decision to put ourselves at-risk in the work site? Now that we have answered that question with, “I have”, how many of us have ever sat around after making that decision and said, “I knew that was going to happen”? This book is about watching people very early on in my career who constantly took risks to benefit the company’s bottom line. When I saw others do it, I decided to do it also. The results were a life time of escalating at-risk behaviour and then ultimately paying a tremendous personal price for it. In this book I share my revelations, and rationalise why I and others like me kept doing the unsafe acts. I share many heartfelt stories, some that end humourously and some that end tragically. I promise you that everything in this book is a real as it gets. Sometimes fact is indeed more terrifying than fiction. Thousands of people have attended my seminars and been moved by my lifetime of recollections. This book continues the sharing process on larger scale. For all the wrong reasons, please enjoy this book of my life.

What If? II

Author: Robert Cowley

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101220795

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 9861

What if Lincoln didn't abolish slavery? What if an assassin succeeded in killing FDR in 1933? This volume presents 25 intriguing "what if..." scenarios by some of today's greatest historical minds-including James Bradley, Caleb Carr, James Chace, Theodore F. Cook, Jr., Carlos M.N. Eire, George Feifer, Thomas Fleming, Richard B. Frank, Victor Davis Hanson, Cecelia Holland, Alistair Horne, David Kahn, Robert Katz, John Lukacs, William H. McNeill, Lance Morrow, Williamson Murray, Josiah Ober, Robert L. O'Connell, Geoffrey Parker, Theodore K. Rabb, Andrew Roberts, Roger Spiller, Geoffrey C. Ward, and Tom Wicker.


What If Obama Were White, What If Romney Were Black

Author: Denny T.

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1477265716

Category: Philosophy

Page: 28

View: 1975

What If is a small, but powerful, controversial presentation that is intended to incite profitable thought into 2012 American presidential politics by asking and answering a series of what-if political questions that lead to a better understanding of our financial mess and a simple health-care solution that could provide more jobs and reduce our national debt.

What If

It Were True

Author: Kevin E. Moore

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1468542230

Category: Religion

Page: 136

View: 472

Have you ever grown tired of hearing about the battle between science and religion? Or searched for the answer to a question, only to come up with another dead end? This book is a collection of poems and thoughts, by the author, simply meant to intrigue you enough to discover and find answers to some of the thoughts and questions you have yourself. Some of the contents of this book are of actual events and responses, to questions and problems, the author faced and dealt with in his everyday life. With an interesting collection of stories and poetry, this book is intended for the enjoyment of all its readers, and to, hopefully, bring peace and serenity into their lives as well.

What If?

... A Reflection on Hair

Author: Samia Boctor

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781450200035

Category: Education

Page: N.A

View: 4908

How often do we find children, teens, young adults not fully accepting something in their physical appearance, like their hair? How often does a person get judged on their physical appearance, like their hair or hair style? How often does this cause at least temporary discomfort, sadness, and the loss of acceptance of one's self and others. How marvelous it would be if instead a child can fully accept their own and others' unique gifts of appearance. This book, through its series of light questions, examines how a child sees physical appearance affecting their view of themselves and others. It is a book promoting acceptance of their unique self, including their hair. It is a book that opens their eyes to see the true inner beauty in the world and everyone in it.

What If?

Answers to Questions About What It Means to Be Gay and Lesbian

Author: Eric Marcus

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442482974

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 192

View: 7444

"No question goes unanswered in this important book about being gay. All the basics--and not-so-basics--are covered in more than one hundred questions asked by real teens."--Amazon.com.

What If-- ?

Questions to Delight and Inspire Children

Author: Cheryl Steele

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 1604622776

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 22

View: 3944

"A polar bear in his underwear? Raindrops made of lemonade ... Children will enhance important thinking skills as they consider cause and effect with these humorous ideas"--p. [4] of cover.

What If?

Imagine the Possibilities...

Author: Matthew Imes

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1546203206

Category: Fiction

Page: 234

View: 4153

How many times have you asked yourself, what if? If youre like most of us, the answer is Too many times to count. A timely story at a major intersection of human and computer connectivity and communication, this novel explores new avenues of self-examination and experimentation. Ryan Jones, a divorced thirty-plus-year-old is looking for answers. His search leads him to a humanlike artificial intelligence program that is incorporated into an advanced virtual reality system. The software program, Stan, helps Ryan explore his past, allowing Ryan to see what could have happened had he made different choices in life.

What if...?

Author: Olga M. Perez

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 147711355X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 34

View: 4989

This tale is far from being cheesy. Lou-Lou is a mouse with extraordinary highly developed specialized skills in the most daring, the most perilous of all --- fun and play. When Lou-Lou encounters a group of deer, the possibility of having a fabulous time with them made her happy. When Lou- Lou tells the deer to join her in some activities, even her razor sharp skills could not have prepared her for what happened. With vivid, colorful illustrations that capture the characters’ emotions, this endearing, yet lively tale in rhyme will generate laughter and is likely to amuse and delight even adults. Inclusive is an unexpected ending, or one might just call it a --- cliffhanger. Join Lou-Lou in the first of her series.

What If . . . ?

450 Thought Provoking Questions to Get Teenagers Talking, Laughing, and Thinking

Author: Les Christie

Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties

ISBN: 0310853826

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 7578

How will your kids answer these provocative questions? What if. . .you could talk to you family about anything? . . .you could have one superhuman power? . . .you could grade your teacher? . . .You found out your best friend had AIDS? . . .you could exchange bodies with anyone? . . .you could ask God three questions? Their answer will spark lively discussion, debate, and real thinking. You can use the 450 stimulating questions you'll find in What If. . .? to break the ice, get a discussion rolling, build community, get kids to wrestle with spiritual issues, or just have fun. The follow-up questions--What could you do? What would you do? What should you do?--provide an added twist to the process. And the convenient size makes it easy to stick in your pocket or the glove compartment of your car. You'll find What If. . .? an indispensable part of your youth ministry.

What If . . . All the Boys Wanted You

Author: Liz Ruckdeschel,Sara James

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0307498670

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 288

View: 8989

Haley's back at Hillsdale High after a New England vacation with her family. She's got a new haircut and some great new clothes, but the same problems--and the same people--continue to follow her. Coco and Whitney want to groom her to become the next Coquette now that they've kicked Sasha to the curb, but is Haley ready to make the changes they demand? Meanwhile, Sasha seems to be in serious trouble, and Irene is still willing to take Haley to San Francisco with her. So many possibilities! So many choices! Haley's future is in your hands--choose wisely! From the Trade Paperback edition.

What If . . . All Your Friends Turned On You

Author: Liz Ruckdeschel,Sara James

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0375893393

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 240

View: 6752

The popular interactive series returns! Can you save Haley from loserdom? Sixteen-year-old Haley Miller is back at Hillsdale High school after the holiday break, and she’s finally got her driver’s license! But something fishy is going on. The few people she trusts are now acting less than trustworthy, and she’s beginning to wonder: is she turning into an outcast? Haley was looking forward to her best spring break yet, but now it’s not clear she’ll get an invite from anybody. Maybe readers—with their excellent decision-making skills—can guide Haley back to her rightful place in the social strata. Anything’s possible in this fun series where Choose Your Own Adventure meets Gossip Girl. From the Trade Paperback edition.

What If

Author: Cole Roberts

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1512720585

Category: Religion

Page: 110

View: 2511

What if Christianity is simple? When Jesus gave his first public address, he said, “I have come to fulfill the law and the prophets and to set the captives free.” When a contract is fulfilled, it is completed and is no longer in effect. Religion is a form of bondage that enslaves its adherents to a set of rules that constitute sin. It portrays the image of a God who acts as a judge. In one hand he has a legal pad and pen and in the other a club. When sufficient sins have been committed, the club is used on the sinner. Jesus died on the cross to fulfill the need for justice and came to earth to show that God is not the ogre with a club but a loving father with outstretched arms wanting to hug his children He sent to us the Holy Spirit so we might have the heart and mind of Christ and be empowered to live a life free from the bondage of sin and religion. This book shows the reader how to do that and points out the stumbling blocks that may interfere. It enables the reader to see the simplicity of Christianity and understand why it should surpass religion in our lives.