I remember reading a short-story collection that could be about twenty years old, but the book was older, maybe 70s or 80s. After each story there was a sort of scientific explanation. The book was in Czech, but almost certainly translated from English.

One story was about a house designed as the 3D unfolding of a hypercube that collapses during an earthquake into an actual hypercube with people trapped inside. Another story that may have been in the same book was about a goose that lays actual golden eggs utilizing cold fusion.

UPDATE: Cleaning up I have found the book in a cupboardthe book


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The hypercube story is probably "—And He Built a Crooked House—" by Robert Heinlein.

The story with the golden goose is almost certainly Pâté de Foie Gras by Isaac Asimov..

The only book listed on ISFDB in which they were both collected is the anthology Where Do We Go from Here?

And the format of the book is that Asimov follows each story with a short essay discussing the scientific points raised.

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    @Pete - Cheers for the edit. That seems like a clincher, especially since it's been translated into a pile of different languages.
    – Valorum
    Jan 17, 2022 at 22:24
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    Czech translation is called Těžká planeta, it is from 1979, databazeknih.cz/knihy/tezka-planeta-20289
    – Krepi
    Jan 18, 2022 at 8:52
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    And the hypercube story is called "Domeček jako klícka", I think.
    – Edheldil
    Jan 18, 2022 at 14:03
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    @Krepi , Valorum Thanks, this is it. I remember now what the book looked like.
    – comodoro
    Jan 18, 2022 at 14:52

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