Randall Munroe: former roboticist at NASA, creator of the globally adored web comic xkcd and author of a #1 international bestseller What If? is making a rare visit to London. And he’s speaking at the how to: Academy.


Beyond his stick-figure comics that philosophise on romance, science and politics, and poke fun at general ignorance and first-degree pedantry, Munroe is a genius at providing serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions – using pictures and words that can be understood by anyone from ages 5 to 105.

Putting mathematics, declassified military research, complex computer models, big data and common sense to the test, he endeavours to answer questions such as…

  • Could a bird deliver a standard 20″ New York-style cheese pizza to a moving aircraft?
  • What would happen if one tried to funnel Niagara Falls through a straw?
  • How many fairies would fly around, if each fairy is born from the first laugh of a child and fairies were immortal?
  • What would happen to the Earth if the Sun suddenly switched off?

For answers to questions like these – and the chance to put your own queries to ‘nerd royalty’ Randall Munroe, join the how to: Academy on 26th September.






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