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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words (original 2015; edition 2015)

by Randall Munroe (Author)

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The creator of the popular webcomic "xkcd" uses line drawings and common words to provide simple explanations for how things work, including microwaves, bridges, tectonic plates, the solar system, the periodic table, helicopters, and other essential concepts.
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Title:Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
Authors:Randall Munroe (Author)
Info:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2015), Edition: 1st Edition, 64 pages
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Rating:***1/2
Tags:humor, technology, science, physics

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As expected, it's a great book. If you like xkcd (or just like understanding things), I can wholeheartedly recommend this book. ( )
  malexmave | Oct 3, 2019 |
Thing Explainer is a book about how things work but only using the most common words in the English language. Randall Munroe, the author of the book, intentionally use simplified words to give equivalents or to explain, which is here and there a bit confusing. The idea is that if you truly understand something you can break it down into simple words enough for anyone to understand.

Thing explainer is also written with a sarcastic sense of humour and it includes some lighter comics, as well as, witty asides along with the more in-depth diagrams and explanations clearly and funny labelled.

So if you're interested in how things work this book basically has lots of diagrams with lots of description of how it works. If you struggled to understand each and every element on the Periodic Table or if you tried and failed to explain how a computer works to your children or grandparents than grab this book. Thing Explainer is a kind of encyclopedia for kids, full of hand-made pictures, arrows, and descriptions. I really liked the layout and a bit childish style of everything in the book.

You could definitely use any of the pages of the book as a sort of starting point for a bigger exploration of any concept. Then, you can look through and see if you’d like to go further on or maybe let your children pick out what they're interested in.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that many pictures are gigantic and cover both pages, the book is inconvenient to read on a Kindle or other handy... (if you like to read my full review please visit my blog: https://leadersarereaders.blog/thing-explainer-complicated-stuff-in-simple-words...) ( )
  LeadersAreReaders | Feb 19, 2019 |
Things make so much more sense. ( )
  emeraldreverie | Nov 15, 2018 |
In Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, things are explained in the style of Up Goer Five, using only drawings and a vocabulary of the 1,000 (or "ten hundred") most common words. Explore computer buildings (datacenters), the flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), the things you use to steer a plane (airliner cockpit controls), and the little bags of water you're made of (cells).
  Clippers | Dec 21, 2017 |
(Rating: 3.5 /5.0, rounded down) ( )
  rabbit.blackberry | Oct 19, 2017 |
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