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Munroe (Thing Explainer), a former NASA roboticist and creator of the popular webcomic xkcd, offers a witty, educational examination of “unusual approaches to common tasks, and... what would happen to you if you tried them.” Each chapter explores scientific problems with often Rube Goldbergian solutions; in “How to Cross a River,” one could freeze the river, but, due to the second law of thermodynamics, only with a device “fed by a river of gasoline... comparable in size to the river you want to freeze.” To fill a backyard pool, one could siphon H2O from a neighbor living at a higher elevation, buy a ton of bottled water (necessitating industrial plastic shredders to efficiently extract the liquid), or create one’s own water. The text is generously laced with dry humor (“Playing the piano isn’t very hard, in the sense that the keys are all easy to reach and they don’t take very much force to push down”), and Munroe’s comic stick-figure art is an added bonus. But apart from generating laughter, the book also manages to achieve his serious objective: to get his audience thinking “of ideas and then trying to decide whether they’re good or not.” Agent: Seth Fishman, Gernert Company. (Sept.) Reviewed on : 05/30/2019 Release date: 09/03/2019 Genre: Nonfiction Buy this book Amazon Barnes & Noble IndieBound Zeebra Books Discover what to read next TIP SHEET MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE ADVERTISEMENT About Us| Contact Us| Submission Guidelines| Subscriber Services| Advertising Info| Terms of Use| Privacy Policy| Calls for Info| Editorial Calendar| Archives| Press| FAQ © PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. News Obituaries Book Deals Financial Reporting Page to Screen Bookselling Awards & Prizes Publisher News Comics Business Deals Shows & Events Cooking People Religion Audio Books Manufacturing Marketing PW Tip Sheet Licensing Book It BookExpo Reviews Fiction Mystery/Thriller Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Romance/Erotica Comics Poetry Inspirational Fiction Nonfiction Lifestyle Religion Children's Web Exclusive BookLife Bestsellers Bio & Autobio Children's Frontlist Fiction Children's Picture Books Comics Fantasy Food & Drink Hardcover Frontlist Fiction Hardcover Frontlist Nonfiction History & Poli-Sci Mass Market Frontlist Mystery Religion Fiction Religion Nonfiction Romance Science Fiction Top 10 Overall Trade Paper Frontlist Children's Authors Book News Industry News Authors Profiles Interviews Why I Write BookLife MFA Announcements Adult Announcements Children's Announcements Religion Listings On-Sale Calendar Galley Talk Digital Devices Copyright Retailing Conferences Content / e-books Apps Digital MarketplaceThe Roundup International Deals News Trade Shows Frankfurt Book Fair London Book Fair New York Rights Fair Translation Database Job ZoneJob Moves Opinion ShelfTalker Soapbox Editorials Common Core Open Book X X Loading...