Randall Munroe: How To @ Cooper Union (w/ Lev Grossman)
Thursday September 5: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Buy a ticket at the door to attend. The event will take place in the Cooper Union's Great Hall, located in the Foundation Building at 7 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the event.
For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole.
Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a 90's kid by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and powering your house by destroying the fabric of space-time. And if you want to get rid of the book once you're done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapor, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth's mantle, or launching it into the Sun.
By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and amusing illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.
Join us in the Great Hall at Cooper Union for an evening with the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer as he shares the world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide. Joining him in conversation is author Lev Grossman!
Randall Munroe is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer, the science question-and-answer blog What If, and the popular webcomic xkcd. A former NASA roboticist, he left the agency in 2006 to draw comics on the internet full-time. He lives in Massachusetts.
Lev Grossman is the author of five novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy. A TV adaptation of the Magicians books on Syfy is currently filming its fifth season. Grossman is also an award-winning journalist and critic who has written for Time, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, Slate, The Believer and many other publications. He lives in New York with his wife and three children.