BigQ publishes a climate-based edition of the Finn Foton book series and makes a deal with Japan regarding the first book in the series

28. December 2020

Professor Ulrich Busk Hoff from the Center of Excellence bigQ has published the scientific children’s book “Finn Foton and the oceans’ climate fight” in a collaboration with Johannes Töws and Jan Egesborg. This book will be the third in the series about the character Finn Foton, where the goal is to convey information about climate issues to children in a fun way as well as take the reader on an adventure story inspired by science.

Japanese front page of ”Finn Foton and the quantum physics.”
Japanese front page of ”Finn Foton and the quantum physics.” Photo: Johannes Töws.

A new edition of the scientific children’s book series about Finn Foton is focusing on climate issues and conveys adventure stories inspired by science. Professor Ulrich Busk Hoof, from the Center for Macroscopic Quantum States (bigQ), and the author Jan Egeborg, as well as Johannes Töws, are behind the third book in the series.

”It is great to be a part of a professional research environment where it is possible to bring  science into play with creative collaborations with artists and authors,” said Professor Hoff.

Besides the new edition, the first book in the series, “Finn Foton and the quantum physics,” has been translated and published in Japan after a quantum research seminar in 2019 was the starting point for a collaboration between the Danish Embassy in Tokyo and the authors behind the Finn Foton book series.

“There is a strong bilateral relation between Japan and Denmark within quantum research, dating back to the close friendship between Niels Bohr and Yoshio Nishina. I am very happy that we can contribute to this relation on a more cultural level and that Finn Foton can now bring a smile to Japanese and Danish children alike and at the same time give them a peek into the world of quantum physics,” said Hoff.

Important expedition to Greenland

It was exactly 100 years ago that the Danish zoologist August Krogh received the Nobel Prize in medicine, but he also had another important role to play in history. He was the first to explain the oceans’ key role as a regulator of the atmospheric emission of CO2.

When he went to Greenland, he became aware that the incremental concentration of CO2 in Greenland came from humans’ flaring of coal. This important discovery is the turning point for the third book in the series, where the main character Finn Foton explains about CO2 and its meaning for climate.

“Finn Foton and the oceans’ climate fight” was published in mid-November 2020, and the Japanese translation of the first book in the series, “Finn Foton and the quantum physics,” was published in Japan in early December of 2020.

Read more about Finn Foton and the oceans’ climate fight at DTU here

Read more about the Japanese translation of the first book here

You can buy the book here