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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems (udgave 2019)

af Randall Munroe (Forfatter)

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
Forfattere:Randall Munroe (Forfatter)
Info:Riverhead Books (2019), 320 pages
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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems af Randall Munroe

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Do not try any of this at home. The author of this book is an internet cartoonist, not a health or safety expert.

In a nutshell, [a:Randall Monroe|19233943|Randall Monroe|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] takes the humor that makes up xkcd and the what if series and turns it into a book series. It's weird, it's wonderful, and it's worth a read. You might just learn something--even if it's not at all the thing you were expecting to learn.

Random things I love about this book? I love the footnotes:

In 1699, Scottish privateer[^1] William Kidd was about to be arrested for various maritime crimes[^2].

I love how deadpan much of the humor is (the extremely simplistic art style makes it work):



And:

Three hundred million kettles will take up a circular area 2 miles in diameter. To boil the river, you’ll have to split it up and divert its flow across your kettle field. Each kettle will boil the water as it flows in, and once a kettle is empty, fresh water from the river will replace it.

It's especially amusing when it feels like he's reading your mind:


When people talk about the weather in their particular location, they often repeat an old saying: “If you don’t like the weather in [insert location here], just wait five minutes.” Like every clever saying, it’s often attributed to Mark Twain. In this case, he probably did actually say it, but if it turns out he didn’t, you can just attribute it to Dorothy Parker or Oscar Wilde.

People repeat this quote just about everywhere in the temperate zones, because weather changes all the time and we’re constantly surprised by it for some reason.* These changes can be hard to predict, but since weather is something that everyone has to deal with—we’re all trapped together at the bottom of this atmosphere—we try anyway.


Guilty.

To top it all off...



Oh how things have changed living in the age of the coronavirus. Oy.

Overall, some of the chapters are awesome, some are a bit weak, but you could do worse than giving it a chance.

And hey, apparently this is actually the sequel? [b:What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions|21413662|What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions|Randall Munroe|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1451351509l/21413662._SX50_.jpg|40714465]. Oops! Gotta go read that one now.

[^1]: Pirate
[^2]: Piracy ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
In the vein of What If, short absurd thought experiments that demonstrate scientific thinking and its usefulness in solving problems that will never, ever, be encountered (like how to cool your house when you've surrounded it with a lava moat). Munroe's use of relentless physics extrapolation is very effective and affecting: we start for example with a magic scooter that can accelerate at 1G (forever) so we make our doctor's appointment on time, and finish, unexpectedly, at the end of the universe. Delightful. ( )
  adzebill | Jun 17, 2021 |
Some section were slower than others, some were more ridiculous than others, but I think the quote that best describes this book is, "I really love that we can ask physics ridiculous questions... and physics has to answer us." ( )
  Bodagirl | Mar 8, 2021 |
One of the wonderful things about this book is that each chapter stands fully on its own. So you can read in order or just pick based on the topic that interests you most at a given moment.

But, the best things about the book are it’s humor and bringing science to a level non-scientists can not just understand but also find themselves pulled into. My biggest note to anyone who hasn’t read it yet: read the footnotes. There are true gems in them. ( )
  Sara_Cat | Mar 6, 2021 |
This was good fun. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
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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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