image via xkcd xkcd author Randall Munroe has updated his comic “Exoplanet Names” about suggested names for exoplanets to include some of the newly discovered exoplanets like Earth’s “older cousin,” Kepler 452-b, which Munroe would like to rename “Pluto.” The updated strip adds dozens of suggestions for names of exoplanets around more than a dozen […]
Randall Munroe has a hot take on the recent space news around Kepler 452-B and Pluto. (more…)
It depends. This question is prompted by a paragraph in Randall Munroe's what if? post yesterday entitled "What if New Horizons hit my car?" (in turn based on a question by Robin Sheat). The answer to that question was, "it... ...Show More Summary
NASA’s New Horizons probe just flew past Pluto and sent back stunning images of the dwarf planet. Randall Munroe of XKCD carefully diagramed the photo, drawing our attention to some cracks in the lower lefthand corner of the image: This led us to wonder if Pluto has begun to hatch. Show More Summary
As you probably know, the New Horizons probe completed its flyby of Pluto today, and pictures are coming in to NASA as we speak. Randall Munroe at xkcd is way ahead of them, and has identified some of the more important features of the former planet already. Show More Summary
Following the huge success of the XKCD Phone 1 and XKCD Phone 2, Randall Munroe has announced the XKCD Phone 3. Read more...
Alaska Robotics perform a very special cover of Space Oddity in constrained-vocabulary phrasing that restates the lyrics using only the 100 most common English words, in the style of Randall "XKCD" Munroe's Thing Explainer/Up-Goer Five. (via Vi Hart)
We’re big fans of xkcd here at Gizmodo (who isn’t?), and also of learnin’ about things, so we’re pretty excited for Randall Munroe’s More »
We’re big fans of xkcd here at Gizmodo (who isn’t?), and also of learnin’ about things, so we’re pretty excited for Randall Munroe’s upcoming book of explainer drawings, THING EXPLAINER: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. We’ve got a sneak peek for you, below. Read more...
I recently wrote about Thing Explainer, a book by my friend and xkcd author Randall Munroe that explains complex scientific ides using only the most common 1000 words in the English language (originally motivated by his flippin’ brilliant...Show More Summary
Bill Gates has released his latest reading list: Beach Reads 2015. The list includes: “Hyperbole and a Half” by Allie Brosh; “The Magic of Reality” by Richard Dawkins; and “What If?” by Randall Munroe. “Last year, there was only one book on my summer reading list that you could reasonably call a beach read,” Gates explained on his site. Show More Summary
Bill Gates reviews What If? by author Randall Munroe.
Bill Gates reviews XKCD by author Randall Munroe.
The world just got a little less mysterious. Author Randall Munroe, the creator of xkcd, is back with a new book, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff In Simple Words. Inspired by his comic Up Goer Five, which explains the anatomy of a...Show More Summary
Explaining scientific concepts to people is tricky. On the one hand, people do clearly have a great deal of curiosity when it comes to astronomy and the human body and a million other subjects. On the other hand, these subjects are complicated — sometimes really complicated — and newcomers to them who want... More »
In his comic “Up Goer Five,” Randall Munroe labels a blueprint of NASA’s Saturn V Rocket using only the 1,000 most common English words. Today, Munroe announced he’s giving the Up-Goer-Five treatment to a range of interesting objects—like the Mars Curiosity Rover—in a new book called Thing Explainer. Read more...
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words is an upcoming book by xkcd creator Randall Munroe that explains things using only illustrations and the 1,000 English words people use most often. Munroe used this style to explain NASA’s Saturn V rocket in the xkcd comic “Up Goer Five.” Thing Explainer will be released on November 24, 2015. […]
Coming this November (pre-order here), Thing Explainer expands the premise of Up Goer Five, Munroe's blueprint of the Saturn Five rocket that restricted its vocabulary to the thousand most common English words. Read the rest
Randall Munroe of xkcd is coming out with a new book called Thing Explainer. Inspired by his popular comic, "Up Goer Five," THING EXPLAINER is a series of brilliantly -- and simply -- annotated blueprints that explain everything from ballpoint pens to the solar system using line drawings and only the thousand most common English words. So awesome. Show More Summary
What movie should you be pretending to be in right now? Whether you live in the land of "Fargo" or "The Rock," Randall Munroe of the web comic Xkcd.com has created a map showing the backgrounds of famous movies to help out with this all-important question. Called “A cheat sheet for figuring out where in […]