Thing Explainer is a fascinating book by Randall Munroe in which he succeeds in describing some of the most complex things and ideas in the world with very simple language. To be precise, he uses the most common 1,000 (or ten hundred, as he says) words in the English language. It's an incredibly interesting language experiment to begin with; as the writer says "I've spent a lot of my life worried that people will think I don't know enough. Sometimes, that worry has made me use big words when I don't need to."
Each page in the book has blueprint style illustrations which are captioned to describe how the thing works. He describes things like the International Space Station as Shared Space House, Nuclear Reactor as Heavy metal power building, Data center as Computer Building and a microwave as a food-heating radio box.
Who wrote it?
Randall Munroe, author of What If? and creator of the web comic xkcd
How does it come?
Hardback 35 x 24 x 1 cm
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