Thing Explainer

The creator of the popular webcomic "xkcd" uses line drawings and just ten hundred common words to provide simple explanations for how things work, including microwaves, bridges, tectonic plates, the solar system, the periodic table, ...

Author: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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ISBN: 9780544668256

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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 Station) the other worlds around the sun (the solar system) the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates) the pieces everything is made of (the periodic table) planes with turning wings (helicopters) boxes that make clothes smell better (washers and dryers) the bags of stuff inside you (cells) How do these things work? Where do they come from? What would life be like without them? And what would happen if we opened them up, heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button? In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and so many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone--age 5 to 105--who has ever wondered how things work, and why.

Thing Explainer

Complicated Stuff in Simple Words Randall Munroe. THING EXPLAINER
COMPLICATED STUFF IN SIMPLE WORDS THING EXPLAINER COMPLICATED
STUFF IN SIMPLE WORDS RANDALL MUNROE JOHN Front Cover.

Author: Randall Munroe

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473620929

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

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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 ('blueprints' if you want to be complicated about it) that show how important things work: from the nuclear bomb to the biro. It's good to know what the parts of a thing are called, but it's much more interesting to know what they do. Richard Feynman once said that if you can't explain something to a first-year student, you don't really get it. In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe takes a quantum leap past this: he explains things using only drawings and a vocabulary of just our 1,000 (or the ten hundred) most common words. Many of the things we use every day - like our food-heating radio boxes ('microwaves'), our very tall roads ('bridges'), and our computer rooms ('datacentres') - are strange to us. So are the other worlds around our sun (the solar system), the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), and even the stuff inside us (cells). Where do these things come from? How do they work? What do they look like if you open them up? And what would happen if we heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button? In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and many, many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone -- age 5 to 105 -- who has ever wondered how things work, and why.

Controlled Natural Language

In general, however, Thing Explainer and its language seem to be a huge
success, and this success might yield ... Alderman, N.: Thing explainer:
complicated stuff in simple words by Randall Munroe — funny, precise and
beautifully designed, ...

Author: Brian Davis

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319414984

Category: Computers

Page: 131

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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Controlled Natural Language, CNL 2016, held in Aberdeen, UK, in July 2016. The 11 full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 15 submissions. The topics range from natural languages which are controlled, to controlled languages with a natural language flavour; and from more theoretical results to interfaces, reasoning engines and real-life applications of CNLs.

How To

And if you want to get rid of the book once you're done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapor, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth's ...

Author: Randall Munroe

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525537104

Category: Humor

Page: 320

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AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “How To will make you laugh as you learn…With How To, you can't help but appreciate the glorious complexity of our universe and the amazing breadth of humanity's effort to comprehend it. If you want some lightweight edification, you won't go wrong with How To.” —CNET “[How To] has science and jokes in it, so 10/10 can recommend.” —Simone Giertz The world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the bestsellers 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 complex, excessive, and inadvisable 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. Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a 90's kid by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and powering your house by destroying the fabric of space-time. And if you want to get rid of the book once you're done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapor, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth's mantle, or launching it into the Sun. By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and fun illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.

Program of the Ninth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society

The things added must be represented as a non - circular " estructure , " that is ,
as a set of " e - nodes " or simple explanations , each of which has one or more "
explainers " and a single " explanandum " ( the thing explained or implied ) .

Author: Cognitive Science Society (U.S.). Conference

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780805801668

Category: Psychology

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First published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Romance of Reason

by sense experience in experiment , is the only way of obtaining truth about the
things of the world.2 Materialism , as a ... something which transcends the
particular materiality of the thing explained -and the explainer and explainee , as
well .

Author: Montague Brown

Publisher: St Bede's Publications

ISBN: 9780932506962

Category: Religion

Page: 177

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A study of reason, as an invitation to explore and discover a new life of meaning, The Romance of Reason is an attempt to put the philosophical basis of Aquinas' thinking into nontechnical language and make it accessible to the general reader.

Synonyms Discriminated

Explanameet every point and obviate the netion , however , depends as much on
cessity of supplement . the mind and views of the explainer EXPLANATORY is ,
on the other hand , as upon the thing explained . A subject could only be ...

Author: Charles John Smith

Publisher:

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Category: English language

Page: 781

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Synonyms Discriminated

Explanameet every point and obviate the netion , however , depends as much on
cessity of supplement . the mind and views of the explainer as upon the thing
explained . A subEXPLANATORY is , on the other hand , ject could only be ...

Author: Henry Percy Smith

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Category: English language

Page: 781

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The Animal Doctor

Has to have every little thing explained one thousand times ?! " “ Not a thousand .
But sometimes more than once . Probably I'm a poor explainer . ” “ Worthless , "
he declares , with the grace of someone conferring an undeserved compliment .

Author: Per Christian Jersild

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Category: Fiction

Page: 267

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Middle-aged Evy Beck, taken on in 1988 as veterinarian at the Mobil Medical-Surgical Institutes, innocently comes into conflict with a bureaucracy whose administrative science and social technology are applied to research animals and humans alike

The Upanishads Katha I a Kena and Mundaka

This purpose also indicates the relationship between the book and its subject
matter : the former is the explainer and the latter is the thing explained . The
following chapters reveal as clearly as an apple lying in one's hand * The
meaning is ...

Author: Swami Nikhilananda

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Category: Upanishads

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The Upanishads Katha sa Kena and Mundaka

This purpose also indicates the relationship between the book and its subject
matter : the former is the explainer and the latter is the thing explained . The
following chapters reveal as clearly as an apple lying in one's hand * The
meaning is ...

Author: Swami Nikhilananda

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Sanskrit literature

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A Dictionary of the English Language

ation of the memory of any thing . poets , proceeded to comment on him , and
illustrate One who holds a living in ... com parts , conceiving it to consist in a
comely com that writes comments ; an explainer ; an mending the days of their
youth ...

Author: Samuel Johnson

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Category: English language

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What If

Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions: How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire?

Author: Randall Munroe

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1848549598

Category: Humor

Page: 320

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd.com, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions: How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living? How many humans would a T Rex rampaging through New York need to eat a day? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations and consults nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.

A Dictionary of the English Language

Intercourse ; exchange of one thing for church's universal practice , the best
commentary. another ; interchange of anything ... O'er a learn'd unintelligible
place . mart town , reciteth both the people with whom upon before the thing
explained ) .

Author: Robert Gordon Latham

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Category: English language

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ABAC CORP

Is our knowledge adequately commensurate with Forgive the comment that my
passion made the nature of things ? ... it had with the East , as the only Pope .
mart town , reciteth both the people with whom upon before the thing explained ) .

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Bulletin

Remind the children that the explainer is a teacher ; the listereners , learners .
The model explanation should ... A further test is : By following the instructions ,
can the listeners make or do the thing explained ? D. The Oral Message .
Children ...

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Shakti

This purpose also indicates the relationship between the book and its subject
matter : the former is the explainer and the latter is the thing explained . The
following chapters reveal as clearly as an apple lying in one's hand the
knowledge ...

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Category: English periodicals

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