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

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780544668256

Category:

Page: 64

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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

Page: 64

View: 474

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 momentum to the general ... Alderman, N.: Thing explainer: complicated stuff in simple words by Randall Munroe — funny, ...

Author: Brian Davis

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319414984

Category: Computers

Page: 131

View: 977

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.

The No nonsense Guide to Research Support and Scholarly Communication

Coonan, E. (2017) Journal Articles: the 'Thing Explainer' version, blog, The Mongoose Librarian, 24 July, https://librariangoddess.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/journalarticles-the-thing-explainer-version/. A guide to the basic structure of ...

Author: Claire Sewell

Publisher: Facet Publishing

ISBN: 178330393X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 426

This accessible and highly practical book provides an introductory guide to the world of research support in the academic library. Academic libraries have seen huge changes in recent years thanks to the increasing availability of information online but they are now undergoing another shift. As libraries move away from providing access to existing information and towards helping users create new knowledge there is an opportunity for them to develop new services for the research community. To do this successfully libraries need to have a knowledgeable workforce who are equipped to provide the support that researchers need. Information professionals are increasingly being asked to advise their users on issues such as open access and research data management but are often doing so with little or no formal preparation. Outlining the reasons why library staff need to develop a knowledge of research support and guiding them through the key information on each topic, The No-nonsense Guide to Research Support and Scholarly Communication provides an ideal primer for those who seek to work in this area or those who have acquired these responsibilities as part of a wider role. The practical nature of the book means readers can dip into it or read it from cover to cover as needed. It includes practical checklists of knowledge and skills, international case studies by practitioners from around the globe, end of chapter references, how-to sections, activities and links to freely available online training materials. The book covers: - scholarly communication, open research and the research lifecycle - research data management - open access - disseminating research - metrics and measuring impact including the Journal Impact Factor, H-Index and Altmetrics - career paths in research support - why and how library staff at all levels can get involved in the process of doing research and sharing their outputs. The book will be essential reading for academic librarians who have had research support duties added to their role with little or no formal training or those who have taken on a newly created role and are unsure of how best to use their existing skills or develop new ones suitable for a role in research support. The book will also be of interest to public librarians who may be dealing with supporting their own research communities and those who are considering taking on a career in this growing area but are unsure where to turn for guidance including students studying for postgraduate library qualifications and those who have undertaken qualifications in publishing.

A Primer for Teaching Women Gender and Sexuality in World History

If you have trouble transforming this into simpler language, or have been taught that complex things require complex words, you might want to look at Randall Munroe's short book, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words ...

Author: Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 1478002476

Category: History

Page: 168

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A Primer for Teaching Women, Gender, and Sexuality in World History is a guide for college and high school teachers who are teaching women, gender, and sexuality in history for the first time, for experienced teachers who want to reinvigorate their courses, for those who are training future teachers to prepare their own syllabi, and for teachers who want to incorporate these issues into their world history classes. Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks and Urmi Engineer Willoughby present possible course topics, themes, concepts, and approaches while offering practical advice on materials and strategies helpful for teaching courses from a global perspective in today's teaching environment for today's students. In their discussions of pedagogy, syllabus organization, fostering students' historical empathy, and connecting students with their community, Wiesner-Hanks and Willoughby draw readers into the process of strategically designing courses that will enable students to analyze gender and sexuality in history, whether their students are new to this process or hold powerful and personal commitments to the issues it raises.

Getting into Engineering Courses

Munroe, Randall, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, John Murray, 2015. • Open University (author), Engineering: the Nature of Problems, Open University, 2016. • Petroski, Henry, Invention by Design: How Engineers Get ...

Author: James Barton

Publisher: Crimson Publishing

ISBN: 1912943077

Category: Education

Page:

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Engineering degree courses open up a vast range of career options and stable employment prospects. Featuring case studies from current students and insider advice from admissions tutors, this guide gives students detailed advice on how to secure a place on the course of their choice and what career paths are on offer when they graduate.

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.

The Bathroom Door

All things considered, things were pretty good. Then things became not so good. Why are you doing that? Doing what? Acting as though the reader's a kid? They very well might be. You never know. Yeah, but this isn't “Thing Explainer”.

Author: Quagzlor

Publisher: BecomeShakespeare.com

ISBN: 9386487527

Category: Fiction

Page: 94

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In this book, you will find two stories, one of comedy and one of tragedy. In The Bathroom Door, follow a man as he discovers a door in his bathroom, and he goes through it to discover a world of wonder (which is not his bedroom, incidentally). In A Generic Zombie Story, follow some teenagers as they try to survive a zombie apocalypse, in a totally original, not done to death theme.

Start with Joy

... 41–42 Thing Explainer (Munroe), 78 Thing Lou Couldn't Do, The (Spires), 169, 172 This Is Not a Book (Jullien), 128 This Is Not My Hat (Klassen), 97,118, 119 Thoreau, 128 Those Shoes (Boelts), 37, 103 Three Good Things invitation, ...

Author: Katie Egan Cunningham

Publisher:

ISBN: 1625312830

Category: Classroom environment

Page: 256

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"Start with Joy is a guidebook describing ways teachers can make joy and purpose the center of their teaching and students' literacy learning. Organized by seven pillars, based on the science of happiness, this book offers reasons why students' happiness matters now more than ever, providing lessons, strategies, resources, and children's literature suggestions for how to make sure joy and purpose are at the heart of all instruction"--

Sensing the Rhythm

Most things that appear complicated are actually very simple if you break them down. A guy by the name of Randall Munroe wrote a book called Thing Explainer. In this book he takes complicated things and breaks them down, explaining them ...

Author: Mandy Harvey

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501172255

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 843

The inspiring true story of a young woman who became deaf at age 19 while pursuing a degree in music--and how she overcame adversity and found the courage to live out her dreams.

Getting into Engineering Courses

Munroe, Randall, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, John Murray, 2015. Open University (author), Engineering: the Nature of Problems, Open University, 2016. Petroski, Henry, Invention by Design: How Engineers Get From ...

Author: James Burnett

Publisher: Crimson Publishing

ISBN: 1911067338

Category: Education

Page:

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Engineering opens up a vast range of career options and stable employment prospects. As a result, it is becoming an increasingly popular degree choice among students. Now in its fourth edition, this guide offers detailed advice and up-to-date information on what you need to do to secure a place on the course of your choice and what career paths are on offer when you finish your degree. Featuring first-hand case studies from current students and insider advice from admissions tutors, this guide will lead you through every step of the process, offering practical guidance on: Choosing the right engineering course for you Writing a winning personal statement Securing valuable work experience How to shine at interview Career options available to you at the end of your course. Founded in 1973, MPW, a group of independent sixth-form colleges, has one of the highest number of university placements each year of any independent school in the UK and has developed considerable expertise in the field of applications strategy.

Romeo and or Juliet

You can find that stuff atmikemaihack.com if you like though. ... (Passage 70) Randall Munroe is the author of the webcomic xkcd and the books What If? and Thing Explainer You can find his work by directing your home terminal towards ...

Author: Ryan North

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101983310

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 794

The New York Times bestseller from the author of How to Invent Everything and To Be or Not To Be Romeo loves Juliet. Or Rosaline. And Juliet loves Romeo. Or Viola. Or Orlando. It's Shakespeare as you've never played him before. In this choose-your-own-path version of Romeo and Juliet, you choose where the story goes every time you read! What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around the castle all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits? Whatever your adventure, you're guaranteed to find lots of romance, lots of epic fight scenes, and plenty of questionable decision-making by very emotional teens. All of the endings—there are over a hundred—feature beautiful illustrations by some of the greatest artists working today, including New York Times bestsellers Kate Beaton, Noelle Stevenson, Randall Munroe, and Jon Klassen. Packed with exciting choices, fun puzzles, secret surprises, terrible puns, and more than a billion possible storylines, Romeo and/or Juliet offers a new experience every time you read it. You can choose to play as Romeo or Juliet (obviously) but you can also play as both of them, or as Juliet's nurse, or, if you're good, you can even unlock a fourth playable character! That's right. We figured out how to have unlockable characters in books. Choose well, and you may even get to write the world's most awkward choose-your-own sex scene.

Intellectual Development In Early Childhood

(National Geographic Kids) | Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words As your child grows so does their understanding of cause-andeffect grows, and you can begin teaching them and pushing them towards the cause and effect of ...

Author: BachchaNand

Publisher: Parenting Nations

ISBN: 9352910222

Category:

Page: 57

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Dedicated To All Parents, Who are raising their children with faith & patience in early age. All Scholars & Researchers, who are contributing by their time, knowledge & other resources to help parents raising good human beings from early age. All Children, who are real & reliable sources of learning about early childhood development.

Intensive Reading Interventions for the Elementary Grades

In his cleverly written book aimed to make science more accessible, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, former NASA roboticist Randall Munroe (2015) set out to explain hard stuff in simple language.

Author: Jeanne Wanzek

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462541119

Category: Education

Page: 184

View: 140

Packed with easy-to-use tools and resources, this book presents intensive intervention strategies for K–5 students with severe and persistent reading difficulties. Filling a key need, the authors describe specific ways to further intensify instruction when students continue to struggle. Chapters address all the fundamental components of reading--phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, reading fluency, oral language, language and reading comprehension, and writing to read. The authors discuss the design and implementation of intensive instruction and provide effective teaching techniques and activities. Grounded in the principles of data-based individualization, the book includes concrete recommendations for determining students' particular needs and monitoring their progress.

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 ...

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

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780805801668

Category: Psychology

Page: 1003

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

How To

Randall Munroe is the creator of the webcomic xkcd and bestselling author of What If?, Thing Explainer and xkcd: Volume 0. Randall was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and grew up outside Richmond, Virginia. After studying physics at ...

Author: Randall Munroe

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473680352

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 560

Randall Munroe is . . .'Nerd royalty' Ben Goldacre 'Totally brilliant' Tim Harford 'Laugh-out-loud funny' Bill Gates 'Wonderful' Neil Gaiman AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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

Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

But he never really tried to construct such a thing, instead chasing what one might consider “special cases”— ... usual twenty thousand to thirty thousand), as in the “Simple English” version of Wikipedia or the xkcd Thing Explainer.

Author: S. Matthew Liao

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190905069

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

View: 305

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies rapidly progress, questions about the ethics of AI, in both the near-future and the long-term, become more pressing than ever. This volume features seventeen original essays by prominent AI scientists and philosophers and represents the state-of-the-art thinking in this fast-growing field. Organized into four sections, this volume explores the issues surrounding how to build ethics into machines; ethical issues in specific technologies, including self-driving cars, autonomous weapon systems, surveillance algorithms, and sex robots; the long term risks of superintelligence; and whether AI systems can be conscious or have rights. Though the use and practical applications of AI are growing exponentially, discussion of its ethical implications is still in its infancy. This volume provides an invaluable resource for thinking through the ethical issues surrounding AI today and for shaping the study and development of AI in the coming years.

The Design and Engineering of Curiosity

or “what's that weird thing sticking off the side?” – then this is the book for you. Randall Munroe Author of What If?, Thing Explainer, and xkcd Acknowledgments This book would not exist without the generous assistance. x Foreword.

Author: Emily Lakdawalla

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 331968146X

Category: Science

Page: 394

View: 290

This book describes the most complex machine ever sent to another planet: Curiosity. It is a one-ton robot with two brains, seventeen cameras, six wheels, nuclear power, and a laser beam on its head. No one human understands how all of its systems and instruments work. This essential reference to the Curiosity mission explains the engineering behind every system on the rover, from its rocket-powered jetpack to its radioisotope thermoelectric generator to its fiendishly complex sample handling system. Its lavishly illustrated text explains how all the instruments work -- its cameras, spectrometers, sample-cooking oven, and weather station -- and describes the instruments' abilities and limitations. It tells you how the systems have functioned on Mars, and how scientists and engineers have worked around problems developed on a faraway planet: holey wheels and broken focus lasers. And it explains the grueling mission operations schedule that keeps the rover working day in and day out.

High Impact Assessment Reports for Children and Adolescents

Authors of psychological assessment reports might also take inspiration from Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, in which Randall Monroe (2015) describes the workings of nuclear reactors, tectonic plates, human organs, ...

Author: Robert Lichtenstein

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462538495

Category: Education

Page: 200

View: 603

Assessment provides rich opportunities for understanding the needs of children and adolescents, yet reports are often hard for parents, teachers, and other consumers to comprehend and utilize. This book provides step-by-step guidelines for creating psychoeducational and psychological reports that communicate findings clearly, promote collaboration, and maximize impact. Effective practices for written and oral reporting are presented, including what assessment data to emphasize, how to organize reports and convey test results, and how to craft useful recommendations. In a large-size format with lay-flat binding for easy photocopying, the book includes sample reports, training exercises, and reproducible templates, rubrics, and forms. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials. This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by T. Chris Riley-Tillman.

The Romance of Reason

by sense experience in experiment , is the only way of obtaining truth about the things of the world.2 Materialism ... 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

View: 918

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.