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Buy Mr Tompkins in Paperback (Canto) New Ed by George Gamow, Roger Penrose (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices. 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. 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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We are lucky that Dover has reprinted some of them. Shrinking the hero to an atomic scale so that he can experience quantum effects first hand may create an illusion of understanding, but the reade Mr Tompkins has a number of dreams in which he encounters advanced physics on a personal level.

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.

Programme, Myth, Reality E. To ask other readers questions about Mr Tompkins in Paperbackplease sign up. It is just a question of working out the logical consequences of the empirical observation, that a measurement of the speed of light in vacuum always gives the same result, irrespective of the relative motions of the observer and the observed object.

This edition has added commentary and a fascinating bio of Gamow. Open Preview See a Problem?

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He discovered alpha decay via quantum tunneling and worked on radioactive decay of the atomic nucleus, geroge formation, stellar nucleosynthesis, big bang nucleosynthesis, cosmic microwave background, nucleocosmogenesis and genetics.

This book is a classic popularization of science by one of the great popular science writers who was also a brilliant physicist. Even had I possessed gamiw prior interest in physics, the story itself was painfully boring and seemed to arbitrarily exist for the sake of tying the chapters together. The book talks about everything from Mr. Actually, they basically made geodge a movie in like or so, but I forgot its name.


Roger Penrose’s foreword introduces Mr Tompkins to a new generation of readers, and reviews his adventures in the light of current developments in physics today.

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Some of my favorites are: An Experiment in Criticism C. May 24, David rated it really liked it.

Although i kept me thoroughly entertained and mentally challenged as it described many current and tompkkins ideas in theoretical physics. I was chatting over a glass of excellent Polish miod with my old friend Sir Charles Darwin, the grandson of Charles The Origin of Species Darwin, and the conversation turned to the popularization of science. I was impressed that such a great scientist as George Gamow could translate the complex and inside out worlds of relativity and quantum mechanics to Joe Public gmow such a clear and humorous way.

An Introduction to Ethics Bernard Williams. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Fra l’altro, fu uno strenuo sostenitore della teoria del Big Bang e, nei suoi lavori, predisse l’esistenza della radiazione cosmica di fondo.

Would you like to see more reviews about this item? Einstein described a thought experiment involving an accelerating elevator to demonstrate this. Einstein’s greatest achievement was the General Theory of Relativity inten years after he published his Special Theory of Relativity.

Views Read Edit View history. George Gamow Russian pronunciation: See all Product description. I have to disagree with the He discovered alpha decay via quantum tunneling and worked on radioactive decay of the atomic nucleus, star formation, stellar nucleosynthesis, big bang nucleosynthesis, George Gamow Russian pronunciation: I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about science. I read this first while doing a Physics degree in the 70’s.

He is a good enough writer and although the stories are corny, I still learned something after each chapter. Strongly recommended to everyone just for the fun of it.

Even so, I recommend this original version because it is the first of its kind — a creative, innovative approach by a physicist who was present during the time of these ground-breaking developments in physics.


Jul 14, Cbpax rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The book talks about everything from how the speed of light works to subatomic particles qualities to things as big as the end and start of the universe. Gamow was referred to by a journalist, some time during the Cold War, as “the only scientist in America with a real sense of humor”. The difficult part is to integrate this with your “gut feeling” about how the world works.

It is based around the adventures of a character called Mr Tompkins, who is interested in I did like the way that the chapters were their own little storie 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.

Jul 23, Jessica rated it did not like it.

Mr Tompkins in Paperback

They tried to measure our planet’s speed relative to the “ether”, the medium that was believed to carry light waves, by sending light in different directions and having gamoq reflected by mirrors, over carefully measured distances.

Feb 02, Vishy rated it really liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. View all 8 comments. I did like the way tompkind the chapters were their own little stories and reading them together fits in the story line, but you could still read a chapter by itself without worrying about remembering what happened earlier in the story.

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