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Anselme Lanturlu (in English: Archibald Higgins; in German: Anselm Wüßtegern) is an edutainment comic series from France by The Professor Jean-Pierre Petit. They explain complicated concepts (mostly from mathematics and physics) in a humorous way. The series lasted from 1980 to 1990. A "new adventure" was published in 2005.

The books are out of print, but can be downloaded legally and for free here. Thank you very much, professor!


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  • Alien Geometries: Featured in "The Geometricon", "The Topologicon" and "The Black Hole". A world where a balloon gets a flat surface if you pump enough gas in it? A not-quite-Earth where the South Pole is just under the North Pole (and vice versa?!), to Amundsen's chagrin? Actually, it works out, if you understand the maths behind it.
  • Animal Companion/Talking Animal: They have several birds and the snail Tiresias.
  • Edutainment
  • Fanservice: Sophie! Essentially, she's a young Brigitte Bardot with glasses and a smarter expression.
  • God: Appears in the story about the Big Bang.
  • How Can Santa Deliver All Those Toys?: Especially if the universe is so big, and intelligent aliens might be around.
  • Inside a Computer System: "Informagic".
  • Limited Wardrobe: Anselme always wears the same nondescript shirt with an "A" on it and the same broad-rimmed hat. Sophie is always clad in a one-piece swimsuit and high heels.
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  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Sophie has aspects of it in her relation with Anselme.
  • Meganekko: Sophie.
  • Shown Their Work
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: When special relativity is involved.

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