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

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  • ISBN-10 : 9781473620919
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1473620919
  • Dimensions : 23.4 x 1.8 x 33.2 cm
  • Hardcover : 64 pages
  • Publisher : John Murray; 1st edition (24 November 2015)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 1473620910
  • Customer Reviews:
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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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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

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 - 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

Wonderful - Neil Gaiman

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

Absolutely fascinating . . . If there's a technologically minded child in your family, Thing Explainer would be a wonderful gift and a great book to work through together, comparing these diagrams and simple-English explanations to the "proper names" you can easily find online. If you're an adult who knows most of this stuff already, it's a beautifully designed journey through the intricacies of daily life, which might still have some surprises in store - Guardian

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for young aspiring Scientists!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Because the pages are set up like a comic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complicated things explained in a sometimes even more complicated way!
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