Joe Skarlupka and Kevin Lauterjung talk to Randall Munroe, creator of the popular blog xkcd and numerous books, including the new How To: Absurd Advice for Common Real-World Problems. In How To…, seemingly simple questions are answered in the most absurd, yet scientifically sound, ways possible. Questions like, “How can I be more on time?”, “How can I power my house?”, or “How do I throw things?” are revisited through an absurdist lens. Munroe takes inspiration from the belief that “bad ideas” are worth exploring, and often end up teaching you a lot, though not always about what you were looking for. Kevin and Joe talked with Randall about the new book, obscure research, and nerd culture.
About Perpetual Notion Machine
Perpetual Notion Machine is a look at contemporary scientific issues and discoveries in a way that is accessible, understandable and entertaining to the non-scientists of the listening community.