This is a very readable and amusing book on relativity, the universe, quantum theory, and atomic structure. It is based around the adventures of a character called Mr Tompkins, who is interested in Changing the conditions of the real world in order to demonstrate the effect of scientific principles has been a traditional tool since Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott. I have to disagree with the
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Return to Book Page. Roger Penrose. 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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Make Physics Easy Again! Are you scared of physics? Do you think physics cannot be easy or physics cant be funny?? Come here! 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. Surprisingly, now the phe Make Physics Easy Again! Surprisingly, now the phenomena are easy to understand cause those are actually happening in front of his eyes. An everyday character trying 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: science , non-fiction , physics. 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 and 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 16, E. View 1 comment. Aug 13, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: physics , non-fiction-science.
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 second 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.
His writing reminds one of the way Richard Feynman could break down the most complicated concepts into easily digestible nuggets. Considering the chronology, 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 constant were much larger. It has to do with the uncertainty principle. General readers 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 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.
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 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. Mar 06, Ami Iida rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: physics, relativity theory, gabigabigabi.
Shelves: physics. This book is a commentary book on the theory of relativity. It explain it so much fun. Jul 23, Jessica rated it did not like it. I finished reading this story for no other reason than completing a recommendation from a friend who has been requesting I read some of his favorite books.
I have a very limited knowledge and passion for physics, but my friend insisted that I would still find enjoyment in the basic storyline that ran through the overarching plot. I found none. Even had I possessed a prior interest in physics, the story itself was painfully boring and seemed to arbitrarily exist for the sake of tying the chapters I finished reading this story for no other reason than completing a recommendation from a friend who has been requesting I read some of his favorite books.
Even had I possessed a prior interest in physics, the story itself was painfully boring and seemed to arbitrarily exist for the sake of tying the chapters together. Essentially, reading this book felt like listening to the ranting and rambling lectures of a monotone physics professor.
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 I'm 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?
George Gamow was a brilliant physicist who made major contributions to 20th century physics. He worked with Niels Bohr in the development of quantum mechanics. During World War 2 he participated in the Manhattan project. After the war he became one of the chief advocates of the Big Bang theory.
Mr Tompkins in Paperback
Mr Tompkins is the title character in a series of four popular science books by the physicist George Gamow. 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. Gamow aims to use these alterations to explain modern scientific theories. Mr Tompkins' adventures begin when he chooses to spend the afternoon of a bank holiday attending a lecture on the theory of relativity. The lecture proves less comprehensible than he had hoped and he drifts off to sleep and enters a dream world in which the speed of light is a mere 4.