Randall Munroe – How To

The world’s most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the number one New York Times best sellers 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 complex, excessive, and inadvisable 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.

Best-selling 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 ’90s kid by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and powering your house by destroying the fabric of space-time. And if you want to get rid of a 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 vapor, 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 listeners. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.

Author: Randall Munroe
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Duration: 6 hours 15 minutes
Released: 19 Mar 2009
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Language: English

User Review:

clapper crazed

I love xkcd and so wasn’t surprised to find that I loved the quirky humor that came from the scientific explorations of truly ridiculous actions. What did surprise me was how lively Wil Wheaton’s performance was! I knew he’s an excellent reader, but have typically listened to him reading fiction. He brought the same passion to this book, which made it a joy to listen to!