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Bookmark in Spalding has chosen What if? by Randall Munroe as its selected book of the week.

What if? will have hooked the minute you open it as former NASA roboticist Randall Munroe takes absurd hypothetical questions from the public and gives serious scientific answers to them.

He uses computer simulations, digs through declassified military research memos and consults with nuclear-reactor operators to answer questions such as, ‘What would happen if lightning struck a bullet in mid-air?’ and, ‘What if a rainstorm dropped all of its water in a single giant drop?’

With Randall Munroe as your guide, science gets really weird really quickly. Near-light-speed baseball pitches can level entire city blocks. Yoda can use the Force to recharge his electric-model Smart Car.

The hilarious and compelling answers are accompanied by brilliant illustrations and will explain everything from the odds of meeting your soulmate to the many ways you could die while building a periodic table out of the actual elements.

There’s an extra 20 per cent off Bookmark’s selling price of £11.99 with the voucher in the Spalding Guardian of September 18.