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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words Hardcover – Illustrated, 24 Nov 2015

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; Illustrated edition edition (24 Nov. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781473620919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473620919
  • ASIN: 1473620910
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 1.7 x 33.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 308 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A brilliant concept. If you can't explain something simply, you don't really understand it. And Randall Munroe is the perfect guy to take on a project like this . . . If you know Munroe's previous work, it will come as no surprise that parts of Thing Explainer are laugh-out-loud funny . . . filled with cool basic knowledge about how the world works. If one of Munroe's drawings inspires you to go learn more about a subject - including a few extra terms - then he will have done his job. He has written a wonderful guide for curious minds (BILL GATES)

Wonderful (Neil Gaiman)

In the crowded field of trivia, nothing beats Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe, the physicist-turned-comic-artist, a sequel to What If ? . . . It is very funny and has something quite serious to say about our misplaced faith in long words (Daily Telegraph)

Thing Explainer gets to the real essence of things (New Scientist)

Like any good work of science writing, [Thing Explainer] is equal parts lucid, funny, and startling (NewYorker.com)

In just over a decade Randall Munroe has become firmly established and it's safe to say adored as the author of xkcd. Now, Munroe has produced a book - and Thing Explainer isn't just any book. It's beautiful, packed with facts, figures and richly and simply presented diagrams (Register)

Reliably amusing and often enlightening (The Times, Books of the Year)

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From the No. 1 bestselling author of What If? - the man who created xkcd and explained the laws of science with cartoons - comes a series of brilliantly simple diagrams ('blueprints' if you want to be complicated about it) that show how important things work: from the nuclear bomb to the biro.

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