RANDALL MUNROE TICKETED EVENT: WHAT IF? 2 in conversation with Cornelia Lang

September 30, 2022 - 7:00pm
First United Methodist Church: 214 E Jefferson St., Iowa City, IA, 52245

THE IOWA CITY BOOK FESTIVAL AND PRAIRIE LIGHTS BOOKS PRESENTS RANDALL MUNROE!

Munroe will be joined in conversation by Cornelia Lang.

This is a bundled ticketed event, price includes General Admission for one, and a hardcover copy of What If? 2, to be picked up at the venue during check-in. The price is $31.80 + $2.58 fee.  Link to purchase tickets is HERE.

The #1 New York Times–bestselling author of What If? and How To provides his best answers yet to the weirdest questions you never thought to ask.

The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Thank goodness xkcd creator Randall Munroe is here to help. Planning to ride a fire pole from the moon back to Earth? The hardest part is sticking the landing. Hoping to cool the atmosphere by opening everyone’s freezer door at the same time? Maybe it’s time for a brief introduction to thermodynamics. Want to know what would happen if you rode a helicopter blade, built a billion-story building, made a lava lamp out of lava, or jumped on a geyser as it erupted? Okay, if you insist.

Before you go on a cosmic road trip, feed the residents of New York City to a T. rex, or fill every church with bananas, be sure to consult this practical guide for impractical ideas. Unfazed by absurdity, Randall consults the latest research on everything from swing-set physics to airplane-catapult design to clearly and concisely answer his readers’ questions. As he consistently demonstrates, you can learn a lot from examining how the world might work in very specific extreme circumstances.

Randall Munroe is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer, the science question-and-answer blog What If, and the popular webcomic xkcd. A former NASA roboticist, he left the agency in 2006 to draw comics on the internet full-time. He lives in Massachusetts.

Cornelia Lang is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa. Her research interests focus on understanding the astrophysics at the very center of our Milky Way Galaxy and of other nearby galaxies. 

Munroe will talk about What If?2, take audience questions, meet fans, and sign copies of the book. 

Masks are required at this event.