Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

**SOLD OUT** Randall Munroe: Answering ‘What If?’

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5. Double Feature!

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Author Photo - Randall Munroe credit_Randall MunroeSales for this event have been capped at 500 tickets to preserve a more intimate speaking environment. Advance tickets for this event are sold out. A limited number of standby tickets may be available beginning at 7:15 pm. For more info on standby tickets check out our Box Office FAQs!

What if all of the water in the world disappeared? Are plastic dinosaurs actually real dinosaurs? Could raindrops shatter a windshield? Part webcomic, part scientific study, Randall Munroe’s popular What If? column answers these and other hypothetical questions by crunching numbers, analyzing scientific theories, and drawing mini comics. In his new book What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, he revisits his favorite questions — with expanded answers, diagrams, and never-before-seen comics — and includes a list of the “weirdest questions” people have submitted over the years. A former NASA employee, Munroe is now a full-time expert, cartoonist, and blogger at his “amazingxkcd blog.

Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.
Tickets: $5. Double Feature! Admission to this event also gains access to Nick Bostrom: The Future of Artificial Intelligence at 6:00 p.m.
Doors open: 7:00 p.m.
Learn more: Read the What If column.

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  1. Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait for this one. Hoping that NW Editor’s Guild, Northwest Science Writers Association and others join in on this. Might be epic.

  2. Rob Smithlin
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    So advance tickets are sold out!? Does that mean that there won’t be any seating available or that advance tickets were supremely limited!?

    • Town Hall
      Posted July 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      We’ve added a few more seats! Get them while supplies last!

      • Steve
        Posted July 25, 2014 at 9:46 am | Permalink

        Sold out again!

      • Jeremy L
        Posted July 25, 2014 at 10:02 am | Permalink

        They’re sold out again! :( Any way we can get more?

        • Town Hall
          Posted July 25, 2014 at 11:02 am | Permalink

          Sorry guys! There is always standby though!

  3. Russal C
    Posted July 28, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    How do you sign up for standby?

    • Town Hall
      Posted July 29, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink

      Standby tickets are available at the door, day of event only. For more info on standby tickets check out our Box Office FAQs!

  4. Posted July 29, 2014 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    If we get in on standby to the Nick Bostrom lecture does that also give us access to the Randall Munroe lecture?

    • Town Hall Seattle
      Posted July 29, 2014 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      There may be a limited number of standby tickets for Nick Bostrom, but standby tickets for that one won’t grant admission to Munroe’s 7:30 pm lecture.

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