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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words - Randall Munroe
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
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From the creator of the webcomic xkcd and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller What If?, a series of brilliantly—and simply!—annotated blueprints that explain everything from nuclear bombs to ballpoint pens Have you ever tried to read up on some incredible part of the world, only to find... show more
From the creator of the webcomic xkcd and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller What If?, a series of brilliantly—and simply!—annotated blueprints that explain everything from nuclear bombs to ballpoint pens Have you ever tried to read up on some incredible part of the world, only to find yourself faced with incomprehensible terminology and jargon? It’s nice to know what the parts of a thing are called, but it’s even more interesting to know what they do. What if you had something that could clearly explain it all using simple words?   Thing Explainer, by Randall Munroe, does just that. Using line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words, he provides simple explanations for some of the world’s most interesting things: our food-heating radio boxes (microwaves), our very tall roads (bridges), and our computer buildings (datacenters). He also explains the other worlds around our sun (the solar system), the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), and even the stuff inside us (cells).   Where do these things come from? How do they work? What do they look like if you open them up? What would life be like without them? And what would happen if we heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button? In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and so many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone—age 5 to 105—who has ever wondered how things work, and why.
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780544668256 (0544668251)
ASIN: 0544668251
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 64
Edition language: English
Category:
Non Fiction, Science
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Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
5.0 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 n...
Florence's Reviews
Florence's Reviews rated it
4.0 Good Thing With Lots Of Paper You Read
“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 mix...
Tannat
Tannat rated it
4.0 Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe
Really I’ve been flipping through this for a while (it’s not generally something you read cover to cover), but I restarted at the beginning and read through it more systematically so that I could count it as one of the Summer Bingo Books. I’m counting it as “Beach, sand or sun on the cover” because...
Irresponsible Reader
Irresponsible Reader rated it
4.0 Edutational! (yup, tried to make a portmanteau of educational & entertainment, ick)
I'm not sure what to say about this beyond just regurgitating the Publisher's Description. If that's not enough to make you want to pick this up for at least a glance, I don't think I could say anything that will. But, quickly, the idea behind the book is that using drawings/diagrams and the 1,000...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.0 Thing Explainer
This must have been a bitch to edit. I bought this sight unseen (or asked for it on my xmas list anyway) based on my adoration for his first book What If? Thing Explainer is much shorter - only 60 pages - and the concept is very cool; explain how some of the most common things work. What I didn...
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