I’ve been a long-time reader of xkcd comics, although perhaps not to the level that some readers get (I completely forgot about “Time” until it had finished, although I have since read the Wikipedia article on the story multiple times). I sometimes imagine that he and Henry Reich of Minute Physics get together and have science parties together (honestly, when I think of what Munroe looks like I just think of Reich).
Which is all to say, these books are definitely the sort of non-fiction that I should read, and I’m really glad I did. Munroe’s trademark humor and wit shines through every page, from the intermittent “questions I really don’t want to have been asked” sections to casual asides about how the planet is definitely undergoing climate change. In the word of xkcd, science is real and logic prevails and you can just forget about all the nonsense that passes for rationality in our day and age.
Hard to know what else to say about this book! I would recommend reading it on an iPad versus a Kindle, because the images will render better (and, as you can expect from a talented comic artist, the stick figures are indeed everywhere). You’ll know if you’re the target audience for this book. And even if, like me, your eyes did glaze over for some of the math (physics still makes me break out in goosebumps), you’ll still find much to enjoy.