It feels like there is a good answer out there that research might be able to find.
In that case, I feel like it could be sort of frustrating to write a thing where it’s like, “Let’s explore these fantastical solutions” when you want to know the real solution.
I bet I can find a paper on this.” So I dug up this paper on heat flux from lava flows, and it gives it in watts per square meter.
If you figure out how many square meters this moat is going to be, then simple multiplication will tell you how many watts of heat are flowing off of this, and that’s how many watts you need to supply it at minimum to keep it molten.
” Like, if you don’t want to get down to the bottom of the lake and get yourself all wet, could you dry out the lake and then just pick it up?
And then how much can you heat up the phone before the chassis melts or which components fail at which temperatures?
But because of ground movement, you could then go to court and say, “Well, this three inches of your property has actually moved into mine, and so I get to take possession of that.” And gradually, you’d gain your neighbor’s property while your other neighbor gains from you on the other side. But I like that, in our legal system, you could kind of do it. Were there any questions that were just too much to include, where either math didn’t work out or you couldn’t find corroborating research to support it? One of the things that I kind of had to figure out early on was, “How much do I want to write guides to questions that people really want to know how to solve?
” Because it can be sort of frustrating if you’re reading a guide that’s “How to do this thing,” and it’s something that you really don’t know how to do but would like to know how to do.
aims to be a more practical guide by using math and science — taken to the absolute extreme, in Munroe’s typical style — to answer basic questions about life, like how to charge a cellphone, how to take a selfie, or how to mail a package.
While you might not be building a machine gun-powered jetpack (like Munroe explores in I was answering questions that other people sent in, and then I was trying to connect it up to interesting research I had read, or I did some calculation I wanted to share.