How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems from Randall Munroe of xkcd (Paperback)
  • How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems from Randall Munroe of xkcd (Paperback)

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems from Randall Munroe of xkcd (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 03/09/2020
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Randall Munroe is . . .'Nerd royalty' Ben Goldacre

'Totally brilliant' Tim Harford

'Laugh-out-loud funny' Bill Gates

'Wonderful' Neil Gaiman


The world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the million-selling What If? and Thing Explainer

For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally bad that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole.

'How strange science can fix everyday problems' New Scientist

'A brilliant book: clamber in for a wild ride' Nature

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781473680340
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm

Ridiculous, delightful and, damn it, educational * Sunday Times (Culture) *
A pure delight, a salty-sweet mixture of hard science and bonkers whimsy * Boing Boing *
Extremely accurate and often amusing answers to everyday issues * Daily Mail *
Consistently fascinating and entertaining * Wall 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 hole * USA 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 problems * Science 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 thinking * Publishers Weekly, starred review *
A gleefully nerdy hypothetical instruction book for armchair scientists of all ages * Booklist *
An enjoyable treat for fans of logic puzzles, brain hacking, kaizen, mad science, and other forms of mental stimulation * Kirkus Reviews *
Required reading across the world * New York Times *
A great deal of fun * The Economist *
Fascinating * Guardian *

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“How To”

I absolutely loved Randall Monroe's first two books, What If? and The Thing Explainer and had been so excited to read his new one.
Unsurprisingly, it is completely brilliant. Munroe poses a simple task - how to... More

“How to be entirely engrossed”

I really enjoy Randall Monroe's online webcomic xkcd and previous book Thing Explainer, but neither are required prerequisites to enjoy How To. It will appeal to anyone who is curious and enjoys problem-solving -... More

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Funny thought experiments accompanied by Randall's typical stick-figure drawings.

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