Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words Hardcover – Illustrated, 24 Nov 2015
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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)
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.See all Product description
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The premise of this book is Randall Munroe - well-known for his nerdy comics at xkcd.com - using nothing more than his unique comic-style drawing abilities, scientific prowess, and the 1,000 most commonly-used words in the English language to explain - somethings very complicated - things. This leads to a sometimes confusing, often hilarious, and - for me - nostalgic look at the world.
The book itself is a lovely thing in hardback form: big enough for all the details of the drawings on each page to shine through.
I enjoyed it so much I bought a copy for my dad too. He loved it as well!
A great book for all ages, although I think children would particularly enjoy it.
I'm fairly sure everyone knows what a bridge is - but here it's called a 'very tall road'.
A 'microwave' becomes a 'food-heating radio box'.
It becomes so contrived that it borders on the painful... fantastic illustrations spoilt by the text
In that way, it was a perfect present for my geeky spouse.