Thing Explainer

书名:Thing ExplainerComplicatedStuffinSimpleWords
豆瓣评分: 8.8


Have you ever tried to read up on some incredible part of the world, only to find yourself faced with incomprehensible terminology and jargon? It’s nice to know what the parts of a thing are called, but it’s even more interesting to know what they do. What if you had something that could clearly explain it all using simple words? Thing Explainer, by Randall Munroe, does just that. Using line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words, he provides simple explanations for some of the world’s most interesting things: our food-heating radio boxes (microwaves), our very tall roads (bridges), and our computer buildings (datacenters). He also explains 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? What would life be like without them? 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 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.


Randall Munroe is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller What If?, the science question-and-answer blog What If, and the popular webcomic xkcd. Randall was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and grew up outside Richmond, Virginia. After studying physics at Christopher Newport University, he got a job building robots at NASA Langley Research Center. In 2006, he left NASA to draw comics on the Internet full-time, supporting himself through the sale of xkcd t-shirts, prints, posters, and books. He likes candlelight dinners and long walks on the beach. Very long walks. Lots of people say they like long walks on the beach, but then they get out on the beach and after just an hour or two, they say they’re getting tired. Bring a tent. He lives in Massachusetts.


@ ??????? @ 水 买了一年了,再读有种想要翻译的冲动 @ [已注销] 不如xkcd和what if系列来得有趣——有趣的前提是包含足够多而且精确的信息。适合完全不懂的小孩子看,从基本作用理解起来,但再往上就都很似是而非,语言词汇的分殊化使得人费力地对应专有名词,反而成为了很苦恼的阅读体验啊。 @ 地中海胖叔 综合类的青少年科普书。图文并茂。 @ ?vincentheo 读这书的很大一部分乐趣来源于单凭标题,或者正文先来猜测一番作者指的是什么。于我而言,最有用有益的部分是美国宪法及修正案一节,不知这部分在中国译本里是否保留了。 @ 郡领天下 这是给小孩看的吧 @ Opus 并不同意评论里仅限于三年级以下阅读,了解了更多专业词汇后反过来用更简单更通俗的眼光来看反而别有一番趣味。 @ ??-? pdf原版放在5k屏上看 图太太漂亮了 内容很好玩,英文版也很推荐阅读,当入门阅读内容特别好 @ AlexLyu 适合放在家中收藏 @ a little Hobbit 我的快乐


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