Randall Munroe is the creator of the webcomic xkcd and author of xkcd: Volume 0. 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, and has since been nominated for a Hugo Award three times. The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after him: asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause mass extinction if it ever hits a planet like Earth.
A brilliant concept. If you can't explain something simply, you don't really understand it. And Randall Munroe is the perfect guy to take on a project like this . . . If you know Munroe's previous work, it will come as no surprise that parts of Thing Explainer are laugh-out-loud funny . . . filled with cool basic knowledge about how the world works. If one of Munroe's drawings inspires you to go learn more about a subject - including a few extra terms - then he will have done his job. He has written a wonderful guide for curious minds - BILL GATESIn the crowded field of trivia, nothing beats Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe, the physicist-turned-comic-artist, a sequel to What If ? . . . It is very funny and has something quite serious to say about our misplaced faith in long words - TelegraphThing Explainer gets to the real essence of things - New ScientistLike any good work of science writing, [Thing Explainer] is equal parts lucid, funny, and startling - NewYorker.comIn just over a decade Randall Munroe has become firmly established and it's safe to say adored as the author of xkcd. Now, Munroe has produced a book - and Thing Explainer isn't just any book. It's beautiful, packed with facts, figures and richly and simply presented diagrams - RegisterWonderful - Neil GaimanReliably amusing and often enlightening - The Times, Books of the YearAbsolutely fascinating . . . If there's a technologically minded child in your family, Thing Explainer would be a wonderful gift and a great book to work through together, comparing these diagrams and simple-English explanations to the "proper names" you can easily find online. If you're an adult who knows most of this stuff already, it's a beautifully designed journey through the intricacies of daily life, which might still have some surprises in store - Guardian