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The artist plans to explain a bunch of stuff using only the simplest English.
The comic’s artist and author Randall Munroe just announced that he’s going to write an entire book titled Thing Explainer describing more blueprints of things with the same challenge of only using the most common English words.
“The diagrams in Thing Explainer cover all kinds of neat stuff—including computer buildings (datacenters), the flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), the stuff you use to steer a plane (airliner cockpit controls), and the little bags of water you’re made of (cells),” Munroe wrote in a blog post announcing the book.
The book will be available on Nov. 24.
From the blog:
Or, in the spirit of the book:
I had a good time drawing Up Goer Five, so I decided to draw more pictures like that and make a book of them. The book explains things, so it’s called Thing Explainer.
You can’t have Thing Explainer yet, but if you want, you can order it now, and you’ll get it about a month before the end of the year.
Touch these blue words to learn how to get Thing Explainer.
Screengrab via xkcd
Cynthia McKelvey covered the health and science for the Daily Dot until 2017. She earned a graduate degree in science communication from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2014. Her work has appeared in Gizmodo, Scientific American Mind, and Mic.com.