I remember reading this (old) book when I was about ten years old, in 2012. It was already old then, I think it's from around the 1980s. I can only remember a few things from it:
- They used Coca-Cola syrup as part of a lubricant that produced negative friction. The main character tried it on his bicycle (which sped up to very unsafe speeds) and later this was being industrially manufactured.
- The main character gets arrested and questioned as to what he most dislikes doing. To fool the automated system, he said he hates inventing and building things, so the prison system makes him invent things (which he enjoys).
- The main character somehow was able to photosynthesize.
This might be a series of books from the same author.