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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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To ask other readers questions about Mr Tompkins in Paperbackplease sign up. References to this book The Meaning of Quantum Theory: Tompkins, a childlike fellow who works at a bank and has limited intellectual ambition, has various fantastical experiences usually dreamed up while sleeping through lectures delivered by his father-in-law, a physics professor which illustrate the laws of physics in extremely intuitive ways.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Jan 06, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: In fact, this kind of writing is never satisfactory. Nowadays, if I work hard at it, I can sometimes make a little sense of the lectures that accompany the stories. Mar 06, Ami Iida rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The Professor’s lecture on curved space, gravity and the universe; 5.

Open Preview See a Problem? Snow, who then edited Discovery and who published it and subsequent Mr Tomkins stories in Discovery. This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat Although i kept me thoroughly entertained and mentally challenged as it described many current and new ideas in theoretical physics. Mr Tompkins tastes a Japanese meal. 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.

When an annoyed adult asked what we thought we were doing, Olav responded: It had one of the best, most accessible explanations of radioactivity that I have ever read. 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 result is that relativistic and quantum effects become noticeable in daily life.

A Study in Medieval Tradition C. 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.

Description Since his first appearance over gajow years ago, Mr Tompkins has become known and loved by many thousands of readers as the bank clerk whose fantastic dreams and adventures lead him into a world inside the atom. And it is oh so fun and personal too – the electrons dance and everything is not as it seems. The Two Fompkins C. Oct 30, Marcus rated it really liked 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 georgr the time of these ground-breaking developments in physics. George Gamow’s classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in modern physics, from atomic structure to relativity, and quantum theory to fusion and fission. A foreword to this edition by Roger Penrose indicates where theory has moved on since Gamow’s time and the few, slight inaccuracies in tompins description of Relativity.

Jul 14, Cbpax rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Inertial mass is identical to “weighed” mass. Tompkins goes to attend a lecture on Theory of Relativity and falls asleep when the lecture goes over his head.

Main belt asteroid Mr. English as a Global Language David Crystal. Thompson as a vehicle to describe basic comsmological concepts, chemistry, geometry, and a little statistics as well.

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In the late 19th century, it was quite a shock to scientists to find gaamow the speed of light is constant to all observers. On one occasion, when he was about to publish a paper with his student Ralph Alpher, he mischievously added Hans Bethe’s name to the paper, although Bethe had had nothing to do with it, just to make a pun on alpha-beta-gamma.

Mr Gsmow 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 lead him into a world inside the atom.

Fra l’altro, fu uno strenuo sostenitore della teoria del Big Bang e, nei suoi lavori, predisse l’esistenza della radiazione cosmica di fondo. The stories are usually entirely disconnected from each other and usually turn out to just be dreams. Gamow aims to use these alterations tompklns explain modern scientific theories.


A part of the previous lecture which Mr Tompkins slept through; I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a easy way into quantum mechanics and atomic physics. The dreams have a funny way of becoming stories and adventures that explain features of fundamental physics and cosmology as of the s.

This is the coolest introduction to Physics out there, I actually read and reviewed it for my final project in my Physics class at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics way back in The same 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.

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.

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Even if destine for a large public, I can understand why some people might be tempted to take a nap during the “Curiosity makes a scientist” This book tells the story of a banker who wants to learn something new and end up in a relativity class.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. This book combines two earlier books. Views Read Edit View history. Some of my favorites are: George Gamow’s classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in modern physics, from atomic structure to relativity, and quantum theory to fusion and fission.

Account Options Sign in. The books are structured as a series of dreams in which Mr Tompkins enters alternative worlds where the physical constants have radically different values from those they have in the real world.