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Thing Explainer

Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

Randall Munroe

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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.

Randall Munroe is the author of the 
New York Times bestseller 
What If?, the science question-and-answer blog
What If?, and the popular webcomic
xkcd. In 2006, he left a job building robots at NASA to draw comics on the Internet full-time. He lives in Massachusetts.


Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 64
Erscheinungsdatum 24.11.2015
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-544-66825-6
Verlag Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Maße (L/B/H) 33.8/23.5/1.7 cm
Gewicht 755 g
Abbildungen farbige Abbildungen
Verkaufsrang 14543


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