Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

by Randall Munroe


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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe

Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon?  Randall Munroe is here to help.  In Thing Explainer, he uses line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including:

  • food-heating radio boxes (microwaves)
  • tall roads (bridges)
  • computer buildings (datacenters)
  • the shared space house (the International Space Station)
  • the other worlds around the sun (the solar system)
  • the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates)
  • the pieces everything is made of (the periodic table)
  • planes with turning wings (helicopters)
  • boxes that make clothes smell better (washers and dryers)
  • the bags of stuff inside you (cells)

How do these things work? Where do they come from? What would life be like without them? And what would happen if we opened them up, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544668256
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 70,097
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 13.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Randall Munroe  is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller What If?, the science question-and-answer blog What If, and the popular webcomic xkcd.  A former NASA roboticist, he left the agency in 2006 to draw comics on the Internet full-time, supporting himself through the sale of xkcd t-shirts, prints, posters, and books. He likes candlelight dinners and long walks on the beach. Very long walks. Lots of people say they like long walks on the beach, but then they get out on the beach and after just an hour or two, they say they’re getting tired. Bring a tent. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fairly interesting read but very hard to read in ebook format. Would not recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book! Perfect for early readers, and the grown-ups will love it too. Bought it for my nephew, now I want my own copy.
Chowbell More than 1 year ago
My husband loves this book! He showed it to friends who also loved it so he has ordered five more copies to give away. The only other reviewer so far did not comment on the actual book which is really terrific.If you are interested in how things work, this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, informative. Sample first to make sure it displays! This is a diagram heavy book!