From the OPTANO library

In this section we present books every now and then that we consider worth reading; because they impart knowledge, inspire reflection or simply because they are a fascinating read.

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

by Randall Munroe


What is it about?

In his latest book, Randall Munroe, the author of the bestseller “What if…?” gives his readers 28 “how to” tips on  how to solve all kinds of everyday problems which are guaranteed to make you laugh but will also make you think twice.

In life we constantly face problems and conflicts which can cause us a great deal of stress. Things can become even more annoying if we cannot immediately find a solution to the problem. Randall Munroe aims to make this easier for us with his “self-help” guide – at least, that’s how it appears at first. The author shows us how we can solve simple everyday problems in the most complicated manner possible. After all, doing it the easy way would be boring, wouldn’t it? With a good mix of jokes, theory and entertaining cartoons, Munroe brings clarity to the world of technology and science. This is a book for anybody who would prefer not to take life too seriously at times.

Why should I read it?

Munroe is well-known for his ability to take a light-hearted, humorous look at the more heavyweight issue of science. “How To” deserves praise, above all for its detailed infographics which help the non-scientists among his readers to better understand the many scientific scenarios he portrays. The book offers the most absurd and impractical ideas on how to solve everyday problems. These impractical ideas, while entertaining, still have an underlying element of seriousness to them which prompt the reader to think again.  A highly enjoyable read which we cannot recommend enough.

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