Is the book What If worth reading

HOW TO - How to do it

Randall Munroe got me through "What if?" already known and has thus fought for a place on the list of my favorite authors. He was able to inspire me with humor, clear explanations and a lot of physics. "How to" also followed on from this scientific seriousness in spite of all the absurdities, even if it didn't inspire me quite as much as "What if" - which doesn't detract from the book as such. Content: For every task we face there is a right way, a wrong one, and one that is so obviously absurd that it would never be considered. "How to" is a guide to this third approach. It shows us how to send digital data by attaching USB sticks to migratory birds. How we jump-start our car by waiting eleven years for a solar flare. How we find out whether we belong to the baby boomer generation or whether we are a child of the nineties - namely by having the radioactivity of our teeth measured. And we learn how we can finally get to appointments on time: by destroying the moon. With his famous line drawings, Randall Munroe explains how to tackle simple problems in the most difficult of ways. Like his bestseller “What if?”, “How to” is funny and broadens horizons and helps us to understand which scientific and technical phenomena underlie our everyday lives. (End of quote) Information about the book: Title: How to- Wie man's hinkriegt, Author: Randall Munroe, Date of publication: 03.09.2019, Pages: 384, Genre: Non-fiction, Publisher: Penguin, ISBN: 978-3-328-60091- 6 Opinion: Randall Munroe has the gift of explaining things in an easy-to-understand and humorous way. "How to" lives from his numerous illustrations and drawings. That's why his books are so much fun - it's fun to read the dialogues of the stick figures who crack intellectual (re) jokes. They fit, support and expand on the topic under discussion. As a result, the book never gets boring - it is varied and full of surprises. The writing style is relaxed and incredibly easy to follow, becoming more and more familiar through the pages. It's something that I really appreciate and that makes his books very special to me. However, I have to say that I found the idea a bit unnecessary in itself. Whether I know how far I could throw John F. Kennedy or not makes no fundamental difference to me. The idea of ​​executing simple things in the most complicated way possible has absolutely its charm and provided me with a lot of entertainment - but "What if?" I was just able to convince me more because things were more tangible, more plausible - even if that can hardly be said about the book. But for me that was simply a minus point in "How to", because it meant that I lost the desire to read on in between. In general, it is more of a book to be read over and over again - in breaks, in free time. In one piece I read rather less, because after a while I was either no longer receptive to new information or had enough of absurd thought experiments - but maybe that's just a matter of taste. All in all, I can really only recommend this book to others - not least because of the high level of clarity and the really scientifically based facts that are behind it and are so "playfully" conveyed. Randall Munroe's enthusiasm for physics is a great pleasure to be infected, and I will continue to eagerly await and devour each of his books. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars