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Thing explainer: Live stream

xkcd creator Munroe explains complicated objects using only the thousand most common English words in this live stream.

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Hodder / Randall Munroe

Event description

Always fascinating and always funny, xkcd creator Randall Munroe’s new book is a series of brilliantly – and simply! – annotated blueprints that explain everything from the nuclear bomb to the biro – how do these things work? Where do they come from? What would life be like without them? And what would happen if we opened them, heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or, even, pressed this button?This is the only opportunity anywhere in the UK to hear Randall talk about 'THING EXPLAINER: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words', via a live stream from the Space Centre Houston direct to our famous theatre. With each booking you can submit a question for Randall, who will answer a selection during the live stream.Tickets can include a limited edition signed hardback copy of THING EXPLAINER (rrp £16.99)Randall’s last talk here was an almost instant sellout, so act fast to avoid disappointment as places are limited!Please note that due to the timing of the event in Houston, this event starts at 5pm.