How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems

How To is an instruction manual for taking everyday problems and using science and creative thinking to turn them into much bigger and more exciting problems. It teaches you how to cross a river by boiling it, outlines some of the many uses for lava around the home, and walks you through how to use experimental military research to ensure that your friends will never again ask you to help them move.

From changing a lightbulb to throwing a pool party, it describes unusual ways to accomplish common tasks, and analyzes what would happen to you if you tried them. In addition to being a profoundly unhelpful self-help book, it’s an exercise in applying math, science, and research to ordinary problems, and a tour through some of the strange and fun science underlying the world around us.

Title:How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
ISBN:9781473680333
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  • Miranda Reads

    3.75 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 you!If you have eve...

  • Tucker

    Many thanks to Brooke at Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewSo… How To. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. I painfully choose to give this 3.5 stars. ...

  • Lindsay

    So much about author Randall Munroe can be explained by a quote from this book:I really love that we can ask physics ridiculous questions like, “What kind of gas mileage would my house get on the hi...

  • Abigail

    IM SCREAMING I NEED THIS NOW INJECT THE SPILLAGE OF YOUR NERD MIND DEEP INSIDE MY CRAVING BONES!!! FILL ME WITH POINTLESS KNOWLEDGE!!! ...

  • Elvina Zafril

    I enjoyed myself reading this book. This is the first book I read written by this author. Since this is a non fiction book, there’s no plot or main characters to talk about.How To is informative and...

  • KC

    Quirky, funny, and at times ridiculous. I love Munroe’s sense of humor and his approach to all matters but this was just okay for me. ...

  • Paperclippe

    I don't know how Randall does it but every single book he writes is as good as every single XKCD he puts out.Want to know how to have a pool party? It's not as easier as it sounds. First you have to b...

  • Katra

    Another smart and hilarious offering from Randall Munroe! The flip-side follow-up to What If? is every bit as brainy and had people wondering about me as I guffawed in the library's lunch room. Sure, ...

  • Alex Richey

    Audiofile Review!I laughed out loud a LOT while listening to this one. It takes extremely ordinary scenarios and applies ridiculous amounts of science and physics (and humor!) to answer questions. I l...

  • Tejas Nair

    I didn't know that world's faster sprinter Usain Bolt has never run a mile. I didn't know that countries don't have to stick to their time zones; they can change it arbitrarily if they want and no one...