Marketa Bankova was born and lives in Prague. She graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, but she is involved in literature, science, design and new media as well. She is known as a pioneer net art, having created, for instance New York City Map (nycmap.com). More about her art work.

In 2010 Marketa Bankova has written and illustrated a book The Magpie in the Realm of Entropy. It is a book of fables for adults and children. The animals in the stories puzzle over the riddles of existence and how the world works. We find out why the hippopotamus floats on the surface of the water and why some males don’t turn their noses up at polythene females. We learn why it is pointless to combat disorder and how to deal with a boozing badger, how an alcoholic can blame a fall downstairs on curved space-time, and the views of mice on quantum indeterminacy. The book uses humour to explain classical laws of physics in a way that little children will understand, but also touches on difficult concepts of modern physics geared more for older children and adults. It is suitable for parents who read to their children but who also want something for themselves. It is also suitable for readers who have no interest in physics or are even afraid of it – they will find above all comedy whose heroes discover philosophy along the path of science.
The Magpie in the Realm of Entropy became a bestseller in the Czech Republic and was awarded Magnesia Litera’s “Discovery of the Year” prize.

The Magpie in the Empire of Entropy, interview, Radio.cz

Another view to the author