Professor Kompressor is an inventor. He is excellent at inventing, but the inventions are not always excellent.
The first book in the series about Professor Kompressor, an ever-so-slightly misguided inventor, contains 12 entertaining episodes from the Professor’s inventing career.
When the Professor sets out to improve the world, unexpected things happen. Making your mechanical helper too clever might be an obvious mistake, but who would have known that tinkering with an old Volkswagen Beetle could turn out to be so dangerous?
And who would have thought that a time machine would turn out to be such a waste of… well… time?
Professor Kompressor is a fictional character but his adventures are inspired by ideas from science and the modern world. They show that you can have a lot of fun with science and technology, especially if you allow for a little bit of creative mis-interpretation.
A book that entertains children of all ages from Professor Nils Andersson, award-winning author and an authority on matters of gravity and the extremes of our weird and wonderful Universe.
“This book is ideal for school and children’s libraries. Professor Kompressor will find his way into the hearts of young readers with his delightful adventures.” – Readers’ Favorite
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As a scientist I take a keen interest in “explaining” the kind of work that we do, and the kind of questions we are interested in, to a range of audiences. However, the target tends to be teenagers and grown-ups. For smaller children, the problem is different in many ways. The storytelling is more important than the facts. The fun element takes centre stage. I think this is great because it also brings out the reason why I personally do science in the first place. It is exciting and can be tremendous fun. In this series of books, I am allowing myself to have a bit of fun with actual ideas from science.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The idea of a slightly misguided inventor that makes up stuff that doesn’t always work is obviously far from new. My main character, Professor Kompressor, is a bit different in that he usually gets his inspiration from real science. The stories have some pretty complicated ideas, like time travel, and there are some rather spectacular failures, like a solar powered flying vehicle. Ups and downs, just like in real life…
From Chapter 7. The Time Traveller
Professor Kompressor loved the idea of travelling. He had numerous travel books in his library and he enjoyed finding out about the world. It was amazing how people from various parts of the planet were so different, yet basically the same.
The idea made the Professor excited, but unfortunately travelling did not agree with him. He always got himself confused, lost the tickets or his passport or forgot the name of the hotel he was staying in. He did not find it easy to get up early in the morning, and there was not a single mode of transport that agreed with him. Bumpy airplanes, rickety buses, unsteady bicycles… He could not stand any of them. It was remarkable how someone could be so excited about finding out about other places, yet so reluctant to go anywhere.
At the end of the day, the Professor was a stationary traveller. He was happy to travel in his mind. Only very rarely did he actually go anywhere.
Indeed, this is not the story of where he went. It is the story of when.
It was late in the evening. The air was still warm and Professor Kompressor was sitting outside in the garden. There was a beautiful sunset, and he was drinking the last mouthfuls of a very satisfying cup of tea. It had been a busy old day, and now the Professor was tired. But he was enjoying the evening, so he stayed in the garden. Thinking about everything and nothing.
A very odd thought came into his head. It was something he had heard when he was young. Possibly part of some oddball scientific theory, perhaps complete nonsense. It did not really matter. It was still an interesting thought.
“We travel into the future at the speed of one second every second…” thought the Professor.
“Nice idea,” he mused.
“Is it true, though?”
He could not help wondering, and once he started thinking he could not stop.
It did not take the Professor long to agree that the statement had to be true. We clearly do move into the future one second every second. But the word travel concerned him. In what sense was this actual travel? You do not have to go anywhere and surely there is no such word as anywhen.
The Professor knew that there were people that thought that space and time were pretty much the same thing. This did not make much sense to him and it did not solve the problem anyway.
The Professor returned to this idea of inevitable time travel again and again.
“Why should this be the way of the world?” he asked himself at breakfast.
“Does it have to be like that?” he queried after lunch.
By suppertime he had more or less decided that this needed to be tested by invention. If we automatically travel into the future, then time travel should not be impossible. If it is not impossible, then one should be able to control it better.
“A time machine?” thought the Professor. “Why not?”
Unfortunately, Professor Kompressor did not have time to build such a thing that day. He had an appointment with his dentist.
I was born in a small town in Sweden. I grew up, as people tend to do, formed a range of opinions about this, that and the other, and eventually went to university to study physics. Having finished my PhD I roamed the world for a few years, eventually settling in the United Kingdom where I work as a professor of Mathematics.
I have always loved books, of all shapes and sizes, and probably read a bit too much for my own good. Most of the stuff I write can be found in science journals and tends to be awfully technical on things like dead stars, black holes and waves of gravity. All this writing made me wonder what it would be like to write a “real” book. Maybe one day I’ll find out…
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