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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words



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…

Thing Explainer

ISBN 10 : 0544668251
ISBN 13 : 9780544668256

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 dr..


Thing Explainer

ISBN 10 : 9780544668607
ISBN 13 : 054466860X

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 dr..


Thing Explainer

ISBN 10 : 1635613108
ISBN 13 : 9781635613100

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Thing Explainer

ISBN 10 : 9781473620926
ISBN 13 : 1473620929

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 ('blueprint..


What If

ISBN 10 : 9780544272996
ISBN 13 : 0544272994

The creator of the incredibly popular webcomic xkcd presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including “What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fue..


An Illustrated Book Of Bad Arguments

ISBN 10 : 9781615192267
ISBN 13 : 1615192263

“A flawless compendium of flaws.” —Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, writer, and presenter of The Incredible Human Journey The antidote to fuzzy thinking, with furry animals! Ha..


The De Textbook

ISBN 10 : 9780698161528
ISBN 13 : 0698161521

You are an idiot. Don't get defensive! It's not your fault. For decades your teachers, authority figures and textbooks have been lying to you. You do not have five senses. Your ton..