u003cbu003eFrom the creator of the webcomicu003ciu003exkcdu003c/iu003eand author of the #1u003ciu003eNew York Timesu003c/iu003ebestselleru003ciu003eWhat If?u003c/iu003e, a series of brilliantly and simply! annotated blueprints that explain everything from nuclear bombs to ballpoint pensu003c/bu003eu003cbru003eu003cbru003e Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon? Randall Munroe is here to help. In u003ciu003eThing Explainer, u003c/iu003ehe uses line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, ten hundred ) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including: u003cbru003eu003culu003eu003cliu003efood-heating radio boxes (microwaves)u003c/liu003eu003cliu003etall roads (bridges)u003c/liu003eu003cliu003ecomputer buildings (datacenters)u003c/liu003eu003cliu003ethe shared space house (the International Space Station)u003c/liu003eu003cliu003ethe other worlds around the sun (the solar system)u003c/liu003eu003cliu003ethe big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates)u003c/liu003eu003cliu003ethe pieces everything is made of (the periodic table)u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eplanes with turning wings (helicopters)u003c/liu003eu003cliu003eboxes that make clothes smell better (washers and dryers)u003c/liu003eu003cliu003ethe bags of stuff inside you (cells)u003c/liu003eu003c/ulu003eHow do these things work? Where do they come from? What would life be like without them? And what would happen if we opened them up, heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button? Inu003ciu003eThing Explainer, u003c/iu003eMunroe 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.u003cbru003e"