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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. He imagines what the world would be like if the speed of light was much smaller and is obtainable by a bicyclist.

I did like the way that 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. 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.

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I love the way George Gamow explains chemistry concepts. How can one reconcile even the remotest possibility of going backward or forward in time with Einstein’s stipulation that effect can never precede cause? The lecture proves less comprehensible than he had hoped and he drifts off to sleep and enters a dream tompkina in which the speed of light is a mere 4.

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His writing reminds tompkinss of the way Richard Feynman could break down the most complicated concepts into easily digestible nuggets. And I do want to reread it soon. Read it to laugh, read it to learn! Classical physics has probabilities, wh A single-volume reprint of two popular books describing the state of theoretical physics as of the mids quantum mechanics is there, but quantum field theory isn’t in the form of dreams of a listener to popular physics lectures.


The fifteen chapters in this volume truly are a masterclass of science communication; exquisite science, simple and engaging stories, imbued with subtle humor.

Actually, notwithstanding the awe that surrounds Albert Einstein and his work, the Special Theory of Relativity published in is not that difficult to understand. Sep 29, Robert rated it really liked it Shelves: Just as with all those other books about basic relativity, I wished I had a physicist sitting next to me as I read these pages. 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 gajow a personal level.

Gamow aims to use these alterations to explain modern scientific theories.

One person found this helpful. This breaks down complex physics tompkkns to a conceptual level so that most people can understand it. Not quite as good as One Two Three Infinity but fun nonetheless. May 21, Eric rated it it was amazing. Mr Tompkins always end up with very interesting question which his father-in-law never fails to answer.

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Bought this for a grandson. Prof Rustem Igor Gamow. While an older book, it is still entirely current in explaining relativity in plain language.


Finally got to read Gamov’s book on physics featuring Mr. Coakes had lent it to me after a discussion we had on some science theories. Ships from and sold by Amazon. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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See my musings about Quantum Entanglement. At one point, Gamov states belief in an oscillating universe; at another point he affirms the likelihood of The Big Bang.

But some new sense of the subatomic world does emerge when Mr. Oct 16, Charlotte rated it really liked it. Jr for getting a conceptual overview. Surprisingly, now the phenomena are easy to understand cause those are actually happening in front of his eyes.

Physics has never come naturally to me. It is certainly within the capacity of many bright year-olds. The two volumes have tomkins through different editions and reprints ever since and inCambridge University Press marked more than half a century of Mr Tomkins by bringing out a joint paperback volume of all the Mr Tomkins stories. Trivia About Mr Tompkins in Pa What tmpkins, in his own words, is a fascinating commentary on science communication: