Tor Nørretranders

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Tor Nørretranders speaking at Reboot 10 in Copenhagen

Tor Nørretranders (born June 20, 1955) is a Danish author of popular science. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. His books and lectures have primarily been focused on light popular science and its role in society, often with Nørretranders' own advice about how society should integrate new findings in popular science. He introduced the notion of exformation in his book The User Illusion.


Tor Nørretranders' mother is Yvonne Levy (1920-) and his father was Bjarne Nørretranders (1922-1986). Tor Nørretranders graduated at "Det frie gymnasium" in 1973 and reached a cand.techn.soc-degree from Roskilde University (Roskilde) in 1982, specialized in environment planning and its scientific theoretic basis. He lives north of Copenhagen with his wife Rikke Ulk and three children.

Other academic accomplishments

  • The Technical University of Denmark from 1982-1983
  • The Danish Royal Academy of Art 1990-1991
  • Adjunct Professor of the philosophy of science at Copenhagen Business School since 2003.

Journalism background

  • Information (Danish Paper) 1975-1982
  • Weekendavisen (Danish Paper) 1983-1985
  • Børsens Nyhedsmagasin (Danish Paper) 1985-1986
  • Danmarks Radio TV-K (Danish TV-station) 1986-1988
  • Chaos 1988-1990 (company producing science journalism and television)
  • Has received 'Dansk Forfatterforenings Faglitterære Pris 1985' (The Danish Society of Authors' Non-Fiction Prize 1985) and 'Publicistprisen 1988' (The Publicist Prize 1988)


  • "Grønt lys" (2008), Verve Books
  • "Glæd dig" (2007), TV2 Forlag
  • "Børnespørgehjørne" (2007), Thaning & Appel
  • "Civilisation 2.0" (2007), ISBN 87-413-6534-8, Thaning & Appel
  • The Generous Man (2005), ISBN 1-56025-728-8 (English edition of "Det generøse menneske")
  • Einstein, Einstein (2005), Politikens Forlag (Biography on Albert Einstein)
  • Menneskeføde (2005), Tiderne skifter
  • At tro på at tro (2003), Anis
  • Det generøse menneske. En naturhistorie om at umage giver mage. (2002), People'sPress
  • "Frem i tiden" (1999), Tiderne Skifter
  • The User Illusion (1998), ISBN 0-670-87579-1 (English edition of "Mærk verden")
  • Stedet som ikke er (1997), Aschehoug
  • Person på en planet (1995), Aschehoug
  • Verden vokser (1994), Aschehoug
  • Mærk verden (1991), Gyldendal
  • "Dansk dynamit" (1990), Forskningspolitisk Råd
  • "Den blå himmel" (1987), Munksgaard
  • "Videnskabsvudering" (1987), Gyldendal
  • "Naturvidenskab og ikke-viden" (1987), Kimære
  • Det udelelige (1985), Gyldendal
  • Kosmos eller kaos (1984), Tiderne Skifter
  • "Kræftens frie spil" (1980), Informations Forlag
  • "Om kapitalistisk naturvidenskab" (1976), Modtryk

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