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text 2018-05-31 16:14
Randall Munroe's Unique Style
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words - Randall Munroe

Randall Munroe has an extremely unique style, a blend of humor and simplicity used to explain extremely complicated things. "There's lots of stuff under the front cover of a car. The biggest thing is usually the fire box which turns the wheels to push the car." In this example, Munroe uses a unique blend of comedy and simplistic language to explain something as complex as a car engine. 

 

The aforementioned unique style of Munroe, a blend of humor and simplicity, is what makes him extremely popular. This amount of uniqueness sets Munroe apart from all other authors, especially ones who write a similar type of genre. The fact that he is set apart from all other similar authors makes his books enjoyable to say the least.

 

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text 2018-05-29 14:31
Thing Explainer
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words - Randall Munroe

Do you enjoy learning complicated things? Do the meanings of these things allude you? If so, Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe is just the book for you. This book, takes complicated-to-understand things, such as cells, nuclear power plants, and Mars rovers and uses a delightful combination of pictures and easier words to help you understand them.

 

This book is also one for lovers of humor. Contrary titles, such as "Bags of Water We're All Made of" or "Hand Computer" to explain things such as cells or cell phones creates hilarity in places where it isn't usually found. The juxtaposition of these simple titles and the complicated things they are representing creates for a refreshing new view of extremely interesting and complicated subjects. 

 

I often times wonder how graphite is put into pencils, or how locks function. With this book, I was quickly able to understand things that once confused me greatly. After reading this book, I feel that I have acquired more knowledge than I ever have before. Once you have read this book, I am absolutely sure that you will feel the same way.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/25329850-thing-explainer
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text 2018-04-11 02:41
First Blog Post
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions - Randall Munroe
xkcd: volume 0 - Randall Munroe
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words - Randall Munroe

     Image result for what if book

 

     Many people out there have science questions that they want answered. In this book, there are over 100 Q and A's that all relate to the realm of science. The novel is called What If? by Randall Munroe. I have actually finished this book as of today. The recent novels I have read are all associated to the realm of science. I choose the book because it interested me immensely and also my dad had bought it. 

 

     I do enjoy science oriented books. This book is very detailed in it's explanations of science questions that people asked the author. Throughout the whole novel Randall does answer all of the questions, including some that people thought some very interesting things. Often, the author's style is to talk about the topic, and also vary from it using comedy. 

 

     One of my favorite passages is on the machine gun jet-packs. The author spends multiple pages pouring through data and scenarios where it would, and would not work. It is very entertaining to read about what would actually happen if you were to make a gun jet-pack. It turns out that the gun-pack would actually work and extremely well. Overall I feel like this is a very good book for those who enjoy science and/or theoretical physics.

 

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review 2017-09-25 01:24
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words - Randall Munroe  
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words - Randall Munroe

I had two hours reads going today, The Thin Man and Real World by Natsuo Kirino for the Terrifying Women square, and I got to feeling a tad oppressed by the dark and the existential dread. It was bad: I had two hours to kill by myself in Target and I walked out with nothing, because there was just no point. So the two options for lightening my mood that were to hand were Amphigories or Randall Monroe. It was a good choice. Now I am both amused and well-informed. A NASA roboticist who quit to draw stick people and made a successful career as the ubiquitous comic of technology. His family must be so proud! There isn't a lab that doesn't have at least one XKCD up.

 

But I think that's enough reading today. Ikea catalog is next.

 

Personal copy of the Offspring, graciously loaned to me.

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review 2017-02-16 17:33
Good Thing With Lots Of Paper You Read
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words - Randall Munroe

“Trees make babies by dropping tiny wooden tree eggs on the ground.”

 

It's no big news that I worship the ground Randall Munroe steps on. The idea of NASA scientist turned artist turned writer has a big appeal to me. Specially because he never really leaves behind the things he loves. He simply mixes them all together. Like this book,which has his comic style mixed with useful scientific information that even kids would enjoy reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one seemed more "broad" in it's information than What If. More didactic,you could say. Even if the most used words were "things" and "stuff". A book after my own heart. If I'm trying to explain something it's inevitable that I will fall into "stuff territory." Sorry 'bout it.

 

My favorite chapters were about the universe. It did not surprise me that those were the most entertaining,they *are* Munroe's specialty,after all. But everything else was a lot of fun a well,and the illustrations made for a very beautiful book.

 

 

 

SENTENCE: Read it if you like science,or just looking at pretty illustrations of science!

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