As I was heading out with SteelyKid to do some shopping, I noticed that the mail had arrived, including a large book mailer from my agent. I was a little puzzled as to what that could be, but left it for my return. Where I was pleased to open the envelope and find:


That’s a copy of Como Ensinar Física ao Seu Cachorro, that is, the Portuguese translation of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog. I can’t directly read a word of it, of course, but having written the original, I can identify some key amusing phrases, such as “Coelhos feitos de queijo” and “Cuidado com os esquilos perversos,” which is awesome.

Giving credit where it’s due, the hard work of translation was done by Ana Gibson, and the translated version was checked for physical accuracy by Prof. Marco Moriconi, who I exchanged a few emails with. Prof. Moriconi also wrote a preface, which I can’t read at all, but it looks very nice to me.

Put that together with a reasonably successful signing this afternoon (I sold three or four copies to people who hadn’t come in intending to buy one, which is always a nice feeling), and it’s been a good day for dog physics.


  1. #1 beth
    June 19, 2010

    Nice. I like that dog better than the English one.

    I’m giving your book as a Father’s Day present, even though my dad doesn’t have a dog.

  2. #2 Paulino
    June 19, 2010

    Cool! I’ll be looking for it! I still think it’s a shame that Emmy is not on the cover!

  3. #3 onymous
    June 19, 2010

    “Cuidado com os esquilos perversos”

    Excellent. I’m picturing a big warning sign on a fence or at a trailhead or something.

  4. #4 Zeno
    June 20, 2010

    “Coelhos feitos de queijo”

    Yay for bunnies made of cheese!

    (Portuguese is my first language.)

  5. #5 Lucas
    June 20, 2010

    Nice. Now I can gift this book to friends here in Brazil.

  6. #6 tobias
    June 21, 2010

    I bought the english version and now they make one in my language :(

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