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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

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by Randall Munroe

XKCD is one of my all-time favorite web comics.  It's smart, quirky, and uses simple illustrations to explain big ideas.  The book, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, elaborates on an initial idea to explain the Saturn V rocket using only the most common 1000 words in the English language.  Quoting Naval Ravikant, "It is the mark of a charlatan to explain simple ideas in complex words.  It is the mark of genius to explain complex ideas in simple words."  This book is pure genius.

Another thing that is a bad problem is if you're flying toward space and the parts start to fall off your space car in the wrong order. If that happens, it means you won't go to space today, or maybe ever.

Another thing that is a bad problem is if you're flying toward space and the parts start to fall off your space car in the wrong order. If that happens, it means you won't go to space today, or maybe ever.

This book is a helpful reminder to all of us who can get caught up in the specialized language of our respective industries to slow down and explain what we do in the most simple terms.  When we are able to break down a word to its most fundamental truth, then we won't get caught in the trap of spreading buzzwords like a virus yet failing to expand our knowledge. For example, Tropical Gringo.  Don't be like this guy