How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems

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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.

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 millennial by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and getting to your appointments on time by destroying the moon. And if you want to get rid of this 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 vapour, 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?, he invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and amusing illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.

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    How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems Reviews

  • Miranda Reads

    3.75 stars If you’re worried that the house will blow away, or that some prankster will attach jet engines and send it blasting off into the distance... Then this is the book for you!If you have e...

  • Mario the lone bookwolf

    Nonfiction books that are based on answering questions in unconventional ways, giving different answers to one question like in John Brockman´s series, extrapolating ideas and general taking the booo...

  • Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

    Many thanks to Brooke at Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewSo… How To. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. I painfully choose to give this 3.5 stars. ...

  • Jenna

    Did you ever wonder how to build a lava moat around your house or how to send a package from space?  Well, you're in luck!  Randall Munroe's How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Pr...

  • Alex Givant

    Excellent set of real life problems with unreal solutions, but all of them based on pure science. Each of them are to enjoy and think about....

  • Bradley

    As always, when I read a funny book, BUT I'm also listening to a narration by Wil Wheaton, I'm suddenly nearly incapable of figuring out whether I love the book for its content or presentation.Gaaaah!...

  • Lindsay

    So much about author Randall Munroe can be explained by a quote from this book:I really love that we can ask physics ridiculous questions like, “What kind of gas mileage would my house get on the hi...

  • Natalie Monroe

    A bit too sciencey for my tastes. I skimmed the math-filled parts and the rest of it just wasn't enough to tickle the funny bone....

  • Leah Nadeau

    (3.5/5 stars) This book is so interesting and entertainingly funny lol Randall Munroe is someone you hope to meet at a party and get to laugh at his jokes while at the same time he teaches you things ...

  • Abigail

    IM SCREAMING I NEED THIS NOW INJECT THE SPILLAGE OF YOUR NERD MIND DEEP INSIDE MY CRAVING BONES!!! FILL ME WITH POINTLESS KNOWLEDGE!!! ...