Stupid Questions

From the introduction to Randall Munroe’s What If?:

They say there are no stupid questions. That’s obviously wrong; I think my question about hard and soft things, for example, is pretty stupid. But it turns out that trying to thoroughly answer a stupid question can take you to some pretty interesting places.

What If? is the book I would have written if I was better at math and had free time*. Much like The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage is the book I would have written if I could draw and had free time*.

*This does not imply that either Randall Munroe or Sydney Padua have any free time. It merely implies that my priorities are misaligned.