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

Randall Munroe

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Popular science, Cartoons & comic strips

'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-selling WHAT IF? and THING EXPLAINER

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

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

  • Munroe is the perfect guy to take on a project like this... a wonderful guide for curious minds - BILL GATES

  • 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

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