“Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions (“what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?”) using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google’s data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something.” (TED)
This is a pretty entertaining TED talk by Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd. As well as creating three new comics each week, he also has a weekly “What if?” section, where he answers random questions sent in to him by readers.
In this talk, he starts off with baseball and the speed of light, and then moves on to Google and punch cards. It’s a great insight into the workings of Randall’s mind, and Google themselves do something awesome as well.
No comment. Onwards!