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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 lead him into a world inside the atom.
George Gamow’s classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in modern physics, from atomic structure to 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 lead him into a world inside the atom.
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. 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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Are you scared of physics? Do you think physics cannot be easy or physics cant be funny?? One afternoon of a bank holiday Mr. Tompkins goes to attend a lecture on Theory of Relativity and falls asleep when the lecture goes over his head. But only then he enters a dream world where everything is happening like the lecturer was saying.
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Surprisingly, now the phenomena are easy to understand cause those are actually happening in front of to,pkins eyes. An everyday character tomplins to comprehend difficult concepts of science in weirdly simple yet delicious dreams, walk in parks and what not!
Seriously, here is a book for all of us written by one of the finest physicist himself! Read it to laugh, read it to learn! You will never regret reading this! View all 8 comments. Sep 29, Robert rated it really liked it Shelves: George Gamow during his “three decade vacation” in the USA wrote a number of articles and books featuring Mr.
Tompkins, a bank clerk with an especially easily influenced dream-life. The dreams have a funny way of becoming stories and adventures that explain features of fundamental physics gamoow cosmology as of the s. Many of the illustrations are also by Gamow. 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.
A foreword to this edition by Roger Penrose indicates where theory has moved on since Gamow’s time and the few, slight inaccuracies in the description of Relativity.
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. No-one would consider writing a popular science book via this approach these days and so this will remain a unique classic of the genre.
Strongly recommended to everyone just for the fun of it.
You might learn something along the way but nevermind if you don’t – just wait for the bit where Tompkins turns into an electron! Aug 13, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is a classic popularization of science by one of the great popular science writers who was also a brilliant physicist.
He did a lot of work in developing the big bang theory. This book combines two earlier books. The first is “Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland” which discusses the weird consequences of relativity on time, mass, and velocity through alternating scenes of a science lecture and the dreams of a bank clerk who dozes off during the lecture. The same structure is used in the gamw This book is a classic popularization of science by one of the great popular science writers who was also a brilliant physicist.
The same structure is used in the second book, “Mr. Thomkins Explores the Atom”, which describes quantum mechanics including atomic and nuclear structure. Gamow writes in a clear and humorous style that both enlightens and entertains.
Gmow writing reminds one of the way Richard Feynman could break down the most complicated concepts into easily digestible nuggets.
Considering the tompkkins, perhaps Feynman reminds one of Gamow. He imagines what the world would be like if the speed of light was much smaller and is obtainable by a bicyclist. In the second book, he imagines what would happen if Planck’s tamow were much larger. It has to do with the uncertainty principle. General geodge will like this book, and learn a lot of science. Readers who know the science will love it and increase their understanding. Oct 16, Charlotte rated it really liked it.
Tompkins, a childlike fellow who works at a tompklns 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.
The book is geared to young readers or an audience with casual interest in the subject, but I must say I learned more than I’d like to admit.
This is a thoroughly charming little book with a pleasantly Mr. This is a thoroughly charming little book with a pleasantly dated, mid-century feel. From the standpoint of tompkinss 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 tomp,ins and one of the big names in the field.
Mar 06, Ami Iida rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book is a commentary book on the theory of relativity. It explain it so much fun. L’autore, George Gamovfu un importante fisico e cosmologo, oltre che un brillante divulgatore scientifico, di origine russa ma dal naturalizzato heorge. Fra l’altro, fu uno strenuo sostenitore della teoria del Big Bang e, nei mt lavori, predisse l’esistenza della radiazione cosmica di fondo. Oct 30, Marcus rated it really liked it. Without this book I would still be utterly lost trying to understand modern circa s theoretical physics.
While Tompkinw still far from fluent in understanding all the nuances of relativity, this book provides a guided tour through it’s perplexing concepts. Want to better understand Einstein? This is the book for you.
Jan 06, Jennifer rated it tompkine was amazing Recommends it for: 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 I still have a really fond place in my heart for this well-written introduction to complex concepts.
Feb 02, Vishy rated it really liked it. Finally got to read Gamov’s book on physics featuring Mr. Gives a beautiful account of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics in everyday language. It had one of the best, most accessible explanations of radioactivity that I have ever tompoins.
May 21, Eric rated it it was amazing. If you want to read up on gforge theory, this is the best place to start! May 24, David rated it really liked it. Tompkins is not your average book. It is a collection of short stories all based around the same character learning about science.
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The stories are usually entirely disconnected from each other and usually turn out to just be dreams. If you like to learn about math and tomppkins 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. The book talks about everything from Mr. 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.
So no matter what level your at if you are interested in science this would be a great interesting and informational read. Physics has never come naturally to me. I thought this book would help me understand more since it is supposedly written for children. Every once in a while, I understood something, but most of the time it went into the eyes and immediately rose up like steam through my brain without sticking anywhere.
I suppose if I repeatedly attempt to understand, eventually I’ll get it. Fortunately, I own this book and can easily read it again if I can bear it. The fact that it’s somewhat outdated w Physics has never come naturally to me. The fact that it’s somewhat outdated will lessen that possibility. I do like what I understood.