Mr. Tompkins is back! The mild-mannered bank clerk with the short attention span and vivid imagination has inspired, charmed, and informed young and old. Mr Tompkins in Paperback has ratings and 58 reviews. George Gamow’s classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in modern. 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.

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Jul 23, Jessica rated it did not gompkins it. Gamow aims to use these alterations to explain modern scientific theories. 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 tompkinss the observed object. Surprisingly, now the phe Make Physics Easy Again! 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 in compared to the micro world he usually explores.

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: This classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in physics, from atomic structure to relativity.

The fifteen chapters in this volume truly are a masterclass of science communication; exquisite science, simple and engaging stories, imbued agmow subtle humor. May 21, Eric rated it it was amazing. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Oct 11, Tim Robinson rated it liked it Shelves: What follows, in his own words, is a fascinating commentary on science communication: He likes his dream and comes back to enjoy additional lectures which in turn inspire new dreams. Written with great ingenious by one gmow physicist. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Coakes had lent it to me after a discussion we had on some science theories.

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I was chatting over a glass of excellent Polish miod with my old friend Sir Charles Darwin, the grandson tompkibs Charles The Origin of Species Darwin, and the conversation turned to the popularization of science.

You will never regret reading this! 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.

The same structure is used in the second book, “Mr. Apr 11, Linda Hamonou rated it it was amazing. Fortunately, I own this book and can easily read it again if I can bear it. Gamow is also, I believe, a great example to any, both aspiring and established, science writers on how to develop and communicate a narrative around complex science subjects.

Return to Book Page. Oct 15, M L rated it it was amazing Shelves: At first glance, this seems like a good way to bring science to the masses. Review ‘Enthusiastically recommended to both scientific and general readers. Mr Tomkins Explores the Atom explains atomic structure and some of the ideas of quantum mechanics.

This is a thoroughly charming little book with a pleasantly dated, mid-century feel. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? A must read for those interested in learning about physics, those who know physics as Gamow is a famous personality in the history of physicsand those who just want a good read. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

I told Darwin about the bad luck I had along this line, and he said: Please try again later. Read reviews that mention quantum mechanics modern physics george gamow speed of light relativity and quantum explores the atom tompkins in paperback years ago high school introduction to modern theory of relativity roger penrose professor and his daughter tompkins explores tompkins in wonderland big bang easy to understand fun to read read this book good read. This breaks down complex physics concepts to a conceptual level so that most people can understand it.

While the Special Theory of Relativity deals with reference systems travelling at uniform speed relative to one another, the General Theory of Relativity concerns systems that accelerate with respect to one another. I found the stories to still be charming, but maybe three decades passed had cast a too romantic light, raising my expectations to an unrealistic level. Buy the selected items together This item: The Story of Quantum Theory. It continues with lectures on physics Mr Tompkins attempt during which he always manage to grab some more sleep and some more dreams about quantum mechanics and atoms.


Read it to laugh, read it to learn! 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. The themes are dated — e. Tompkins is turned into an electron. At first I thought it was going to be like reading a text book.

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This is the real one. In the second book, he imagines what would happen if Planck’s constant were much larger. English Choose a language for shopping.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. George Gamow’s classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in modern physics, from atomic structure yompkins relativity, and quantum theory to fus Mr Tompkins has become known and loved by many thousands of readers since his first appearance over fifty years ago as the bank clerk whose fantastic dreams and adventures agmow him into a world inside the atom.

Finally got to read Gamov’s book on physics featuring Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland – George Gamow.

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One afternoon of a bank holiday Mr. Though it might be better to start by reading Alice in Quantumland first. Refresh and try again. During World War 2 he participated in the Manhattan project.