We are delighted to be hosting a very special event with Randall Munroe at the Sheldonian Theatre on his latest book How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Real World Problems.
For any task you might want to do, there’s a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally bad 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.
Bestselling 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 millennial by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and getting to your appointments on time by destroying the moon. And if you want to get rid of this 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 vapour, 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 readers. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, he invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and amusing illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.
Randall Munroe is a former NASA roboticist, scientific theorist and creator of global online phenomenon xkcd. He is the author of best-selling books What If? and Thing Explainer.
Tickets for this event are £8 or £22 for a ticket and book bundle. Please note, the books will not be pre-signed, but Randall will be signing after the talk. Seating in the Sheldonian is unreserved and allocated on a first come, first served basis. For more information please contact our Customer Service Desk on 01865 333 623 or email [email protected]