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Thing Explainer

Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

by Randall Munroe

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 ...
Publish Date
2015
November 23
Goodreads rating
4.15
ISBN
9780544668256
Tags
sciencenonfiction
Recommendations
2
Recommendations
Nuclear physics, space travel, and other topics made easy.     source
A great book by Randall Munroe (creator of xkcd, a very science-oriented webcomic.) In this book, he explains very complicated concepts, all the way from climate change to physical systems to submarines while only using the 1,000 most common words in the English language. He called the Saturn Five rocket “Up Goer Five.” You can’t define a rocket as a spaceship or a rocket. It’s self-referential. He says “up goer.” It’s this thing that goes up. Kids get it right away.     source