Mr Tompkins in Paperback has ratings and 58 reviews. Titas (I read in bed) said: Make Physics Easy Again!Are you scared of physics? Don’t want to sp. Mr Tompkins in Paperback (Canto), Mr Tompkins in Wonderland or Stories of c, G , and h, Mr. Tompkins Learns the Facts of Life, Mr Tompkins inside Himself. GEORGE GAMOW. This paperback volume combines and brings up to date two of Professor Gamow’s well known books, Mr Tompkins in Wonderland and Mr.

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I read translated versions of these books as a boy, and they were part of the reason that I pursued an education and work life focused on natural sciences and technology. Tompkins, a bank clerk with an especially easily influenced dream-life.

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Surprisingly, now the phenomena are easy to understand cause those are actually happening in front of his eyes. It is based around the adventures of a character called Mr Tompkins, who is interested in Coakes had lent it to me after a discussion we had on some science theories. He did a pretty decent job, but I think for a casual fan of science, it is still a laborious read – you really need to take your time and think about the topics and having a beginning background in the ideas is useful.

The gamw structure is used in the second This book is a classic popularization of science by one of the great popular science writers who was also a brilliant physicist. Without this book I would still be utterly lost trying to understand modern circa s theoretical physics.

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Considering the chronology, perhaps Feynman reminds one of Gamow. Companion To The Cosmos J. From becoming an electron trapped in a chlorine atom, to the beginning of the universe when it was the size of classroom. It has to do with the uncertainty principle.


Looking for beautiful books? Jan 06, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Fortunately George Gamow had thought about quantum physics enough to make it intelligible to most, including physicists.

The Meaning of Quantum Theory: I finished reading this story for no other reason than completing a recommendation from a friend who has been requesting I read some of his favorite books. Should be required reading. When an annoyed adult asked what we thought we were doing, Olav responded: The appearances by Father Paulini Pauli and Maxwell’s Demon dressed as a Butler but never without his tennis-racquet are particular fun for me.

Relativity and quantum mechanics are explained very well through these stories and Roger Penrose in the introduction states that with a few minor exceptions these stories still give a useful explanation of these ‘difficult to grasp’ concepts. From the standpoint of the history of science, it is interesting to read an account of the “latest” developments–as of in quantum physics and relativity from the point of view of a contemporary and one of the big names in the field.

Actually, they basically made such a movie in like or so, but I forgot its name. That’s infinitely greater than where I was previous. Even had I possessed a prior interest in physics, the story itself was painfully boring and seemed to arbitrarily exist for the sake of tying the chapters I finished reading this story for no other reason than completing a recommendation from a friend who has been requesting I read some of his favorite books.

Following their marriage Maud refers to georve as ‘Cyril’. If you like to learn about math and science I highly recommend this as the book tries to explain it in a way that lets you think about similarities to the macro world we live hamow compared to the micro world he usually explores. In the late 19th century, it was quite a shock to scientists to find that the speed of light is constant to all observers.

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Feb 02, Vishy rated it really liked it. The fact that it’s somewhat outdated will lessen that possibility. A foreword to this edition by Roger Penrose indicates where theory has moved on since Gamow’s time and the few, slight inaccuracie George Gamow during his “three decade vacation” in the USA wrote a number of articles and books featuring Mr. Classical physics has probabilities, which are nonnegative real numbers that add up to 1 you don’t know what direction the tiger is going to attack from, but you know that it has to attack from somewhere ; what’s different about quantum physics is that it has amplitudes, which are complex numbers the squares of magnitudes of which add up to 1, so the tiger can constructively or destructively interfere with itself.

Gamow took on the challenging task of writing a novel that would involve lofty science topics such as relativity and quantum mechanics, in which he would help the readers develop a basic understanding of the topics. I suppose if I repeatedly attempt to understand, eventually I’ll get it. The dreams have a funny way of becoming stories and adventures that explain features of fundamental physics and cosmology as of the s. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Readers who know the science will love it and increase their understanding. Although Gamow’s basic assumption that the primordial universe contained only neutrons was incorrect, this assumption stimulated a great deal of subsequent work in cosmology.

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