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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems from Randall Munroe of xkcd Paperback – 3 Sept. 2020

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Ridiculous, delightful and, damn it, educationalSunday Times (Culture)

A pure delight, a salty-sweet mixture of hard science and bonkers whimsyBoing Boing

Extremely accurate and often amusing answers to everyday issuesDaily Mail

Consistently fascinating and entertainingWall Street Journal

The creator of the popular, extremely excellent webcomic xkcd cleverly illustrates a guide of complicated solutions to simple tasks as common as digging a holeUSA Today

[How To] tackles problems from the mundane-such as how to move to a new house-to those that may trouble a mad scientist building her first lava moat. The solutions are often hilariously, and purposefully, absurd. Embedded in these solutions, however, is solid scientific, engineering, and experimental understanding . . . [for] anyone who appreciates science-based solutions to life's problemsScience Magazine

A witty, educational examination of 'unusual approaches to common tasks' . . . generously laced with dry humor . . . Munroe's comic stick-figure art is an added bonus. . . . Apart from generating laughter, the book also manages to achieve his serious objective: to get his audience thinkingPublishers Weekly, starred review

A gleefully nerdy hypothetical instruction book for armchair scientists of all agesBooklist

An enjoyable treat for fans of logic puzzles, brain hacking, kaizen, mad science, and other forms of mental stimulationKirkus Reviews

Required reading across the worldNew York Times

A great deal of funThe Economist

FascinatingGuardian

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'RIDICULOUS, DELIGHTFUL AND, DAMN IT, EDUCATIONAL' Sunday Times, Books of the Year.
Welcome to the world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the million-sellingWhat If? and Thing Explainer

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ John Murray; 1st edition (3 Sept. 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1473680344
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1473680340
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.8 x 2.4 x 19.6 cm
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Randall Munroe is the creator of the webcomic xkcd and author of xkcd: Volume 0. Randall was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and grew up outside Richmond, Virginia. After studying physics at Christopher Newport University, he got a job building robots at NASA Langley Research Center. In 2006 he left NASA to draw comics on the internet full time, and has since been nominated for a Hugo Award three times. The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after him: asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause mass extinction if it ever hits a planet like Earth.

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