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Many thanks to Brooke at Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewSo How To I didn t Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution love it but I didn t hate it I painfully choose to give this 35 stars I am honestly as shocked as the rest of you There were uite a few things Ioved and uite a few things I didn
I d On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock like get the negative out of the way so here we go For starters this book is not What If I know you re probably thinking Yeah no sht I foolishly expected this to beike What If The title should have given it away How To tells the reader how to p Excellent set of real ife problems with unreal solutions but all of them based on pure science Each of them are to enjoy and think about Munroe writes the xkcd comic so this is humorous but there are a ot examples of the proper use of physics Besides who doesn t want to explore the myriad ways to dig a hole or create a ava moat around your house I thought I d have to read another book in between but between intriguing investigations Wil Wheaton Nonfiction books that are based on answering uestions in unconventional ways giving different answers to one uestion ike in John Brockman s series extrapolating ideas and general taking the boooooring out of science are a great way to get everyone fascinated This book has some crazy but well explained and profound ideas for or Nini less daily problems and gets one interested in the technology and physics of many ignored details ofife Mind games creativity techniues free associations and simple experimentation are keystones of both science education and real practiced scienceOutgoing from the ideas of this book one could go outside inside a complex building nature a social machinery virtual worldsly everywhere and simply try some unconventional approach to functioning systems Once with a focus on maximal productivity another time on the highest grade of silliness Both is great for getting fresh ideas solving problems improving functioning systems and so onIt s a pity that the audience hasn t been included to choose the uestions as in Munroe s first book which would have given the whole thing even uality Probably I am a bit biased regarding this deep connection to the audience but especially when this collective intelligence is connected with a voting system to enable "all users to filter out the trash and find the best most creative probably even "users to filter out the trash and find the best most creative probably even uestions the whole potential is unleashed Hopefully his next book will go back to the rootsAnother problem is that What if was a uniue masterpiece and the author has the insolvable problem of fulfilling those expectations Because especially deep wit and weirdality take much time to produce it as it can t be just written down I Love My Dad (Disney Princess) like an average article but has to be uniuely created Also some of the technical and theoretical aspects could have been broken down to a better understandableevel All in all as I tend to say far too often another good example of modern science education and probably the reason for why I will try to forget my concerns about building a Flight, Vol. 7 lava pool when I visit a volcano the next time because I am well prepared nowA wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk throu. 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 fromanding a plane to digging a holeBestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to. Not saying you re weird if you ve pondered these things I m saying they re weird uestions Don t blame me The author himself claims they re absurd Other absurd uestions asked and answered in this book include How to keep your house from moving How to power your house on Mars in case you forget to do the above How to jump really high perhaps you need to get to Mars because your house has movedIn the beginning I found the book entertaining but uickly tired of the silliness The mathematical euations used to explain the how tos were over my head and the uestions so far out there that even though the science still applies I found it hard to stay interested Half way through the book I found myself skimming and that s never a good sign Still I continued on and found some amusing and interesting parts Some Not
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MANY IT WASN T A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME It wasn t a total waste of time this book but I don t think I l be signing up for the author s other books any time soon Others might enjoy it than I did It s certainly good for some aughs they just got farther and farther in between for meBTW if you want to stop people knocking on your door you don t need to do anything as drastic as building a ava moat around it Simply move your house to Mars and wah ah Problem solved You re welcome So much about author Randall Munroe can be explained by a uote from this bookI really Camp Rex love that we can ask physics ridiculous uestionsike What kind of gas mileage would my house get on the highway and physics has to answer usMost of the rest can be illuminated by his approach to most topics in this book Tongue firmly planted in cheek and nerd flag raised proudly high Frankly I have no idea why it s taken this ong for the creator of the brilliant xkcd comic to tell us the winning strategy in football as Randall informs us neither the FIFA or NFL rules say anything about the use of cavalryIllustrated throughout in Randall s brilliant style and hilariously footnoted this is an excellent fun science book Maybe not uite as brilliant as What If Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical uestions but still a great read 355 stars This book is so interesting and entertainingly funny ol Randall Munroe is someone you hope to meet and entertainingly funny Touch of Enchantment lol Randall Munroe is someone you hope to meet a party and get toaugh at his jokes while at the same time he teaches you things XDReally odd random uestions providing scientific answers You earn some random scientific facts along the way They re uestions "YOU D NEVER ASK BUT ONCE YOU HEAR IT "d never ask but once you hear it want to know the answer Some of the uestions are kinda boring ol but overall this book is entertaining and interestingHow to Miles from Kara land a plane was probably the funniest one where he uestions the first Canadian astronaut toand on the moonHow to play the piano was pretty interesting because he talks about sound and how humans and animals hear certain wavelengths How to take a selfie XD Because of camera perspectives Randall gives the example of taking a picture of the giant moon in the sky being tiny in the pictureHow to accurately hit a drone Pee Wee Scouts treasury (Pee Wee Scouts, lmao he actually called upon Serena Williams to see how many shots it would take to hit the drone with a tennis ball 3olHow to Dispose of this Book was the ast one o. Apour using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth's mantle or aunching it into the sunBy 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. Gh nature in this completely overrated real High Heat life outside books As always when I read a funny book BUT I m alsoistening to a narration by Wil Wheaton I m suddenly nearly incapable of figuring out whether I ove the book for its Content Or PresentationGaaaahFortunately I Had A Great Time With Both or presentationGaaaahFortunately I had a great time with both upping my chuckle factor by a few magnitudes as I earn how wrong it would be to make a really really huge teakettle hint the rivers of ava might make your homeowner s association a bit upsetThe most fascinating feature other than just enjoying the ride when it comes to science explaining how to do the most ABSURD things imaginable such as transmitting data across ong distances by one of the most efficient forces of nature such as BUTTERFLIES is how much I was able to earn regardless of the humor So two thumbs up for a very very enjoyable science book Um why isn t this reuired reading in school It should be If only for every single possible reason in the universe 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 375 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 youIf you have ever been curious about how "to dig a hole how to cross a river or how to jump really high then ook no "dig a hole how to cross a river or how to jump really high then A treatise on the law of marital rights in Texas look no If you want to beat a high jumper you have two options1 Dedicate yourife to athletic training from an early age until you become the world s best high jumper2 Cheat Much ike Munroe s first book we earn how to do seemingly mundane things in uite possible the most complicated and convoluted way possible So if you are curious about all the weirdly specific things out there this book is for youOkay So This book was fun but it didn t work as well for me this roundThe first book was tied together by this uestion answer format where Munroe was seeking the answers to wild and weird uestions sent in via internet a concept which I Lots of Hearts lovedHowever this roundit just didn t appeal to me as much Maybe it s cause we just have Munroe picking random ish things to calculate I don t know But what I once found charmingly specific because a bit much to follow Without shielding spacecraft break up in the atmosphere Whenarge spacecraft enter the atmosphere without a heat shield between 10 percent and 40 percent of their mass usually makes it to the surface and the rest melts or evaporates This is why heat shields are so popular That s not to say I didn t enjoy it I did have fun within these pages I oved the tea kettle river segment If I ever have the need to throw the wildest pool party in the world or for some reason needed to find out if I was born in the ninetiesthen I guess I have the right book for thatYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading Did you ever wonder how to build a ava moat around your house or how to send a package from space Well you re in uck Randall Munroe s How To Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real World Problems explains how to do these and several other weird things you might have wondered about I 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 .