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Lunchtime Talk - Thing explainer: Complicated stuff in simple words

In this special lunchtime talk, Randall Munroe, the creator of the hugely successful webcomic xkcd, explains things using only the thousand most common words in English.

Randall Munroe

Event description

It's good to know what the parts of a thing are called, but it's much more interesting to know what they do. Richard Feynman once said that if you can't explain something to a first-year student, you don't really get it. In Thing Explainer, Xkcd comics creator Randall Munroe takes a quantum leap past this: he explains things using only drawings and a vocabulary of just our 1,000 (or the ten hundred) most common words.

Join us for a very special lunctime lecture to celebrate the paperback release of Thing Explainer, with the opportunity to purchase signed copies of the book after the talk.

Seats are limited, so book quickly!

About the speakers

Former NASA roboticist, Randall Munroe is a webcomic author who started the famous online science comic xkcd. The comic covers antyhing from statements on life and love to mathematical and scientific jokes. 

Timing

The doors will open at approximately 11.30am, with a prompt start at 12.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.