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Mr Tompkins Series by George Gamow

Alexa Actionable Rompkins for the Web. Nov 01, Laura Walin rated it liked it Shelves: Tompkins remains an appealing character as he gets dragged into atomic adventures by his father-in-law, or totally unwittingly.

The stories are usually entirely disconnected from each other and usually turn out to just be dreams. Later chapters in the books deal with atomic structure Mr Tompkins spends time as a conduction electronreturning to consciousness when he is annihilated in an encounter with a positron and thermodynamics the Professor expounds an analogy between the second law of thermodynamics and the bias towards the casino in gambling before being confounded by a local reversal of the second law through the intervention of Maxwell’s demon who has introduced himself to Maud tompkiins one of her dreams.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Gamow writes in a clear and humorous style that both enlightens and entertains.

Snow, who then edited Discovery and who published it and subsequent Mr Tomkins stories in Discovery. But some new sense of the subatomic world does emerge when Mr.

He did a pretty decent job, but I think for a casual fan of science, it is still a laborious read – you really need to take your time and think about the topics and having a beginning background in the ideas is useful. See all 60 reviews.


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: Thompson as a vehicle to describe basic comsmological concepts, chemistry, geometry, and a little statistics as well.

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Mr Tompkins in Paperback by George Gamow

Essentially, reading this book felt like listening to the ranting and rambling lectures of a monotone physics professor. Oct 18, Peter Lindsay rated it really liked it.

Tompkiins one point, Gamov states belief in an oscillating universe; at another point he affirms the likelihood of The Big Bang. It is a good starting point which would allow people to then go deeper with more advanced texts.

Mr Tompkins Series

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. It is certainly within the capacity of many bright year-olds. 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 gamw mechanics, in which he would help the readers develop a basic understanding of the topics.

If one frame of reference rotates with respect to another, application of the Special Theory of Relativity leads to the conclusion that the geometry of the ,r system cannot be Euclidean. Tompkins is a narrative device to make learning physics non-threatening. The reader gets a feel for what it might be like to BE an electron, subject to the thrill of a photo-electric effect, impelled by a “vagabondish” urge to wander off into new alliances with other atoms in other orbits.

He assumes a reader will know what a “function” is and what “delta” stands for in the context of some of these equations. The dreams are a lot easier to understand and give a release for the brain that lack in textbook.


Great for getting a conceptual overview. 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.

Do tompkinz think physics cannot be easy or physics cant be funny?? He discovered alpha decay via quantum tunneling and worked on radioactive decay of the atomic nucleus, star formation, stellar nucleosynthesis, big bang nucleosynthesis, cosmic microwave background, nucleocosmogenesis and genetics.

Mr Tompkins

A myriad questions arise that never seem to get answered. Without this book I would still be utterly lost trying to understand modern circa s theoretical physics. Just as with tompkiins those other books about basic relativity, I wished I had a physicist sitting next to me as I read these pages.

Mr Tompkins has a number of dreams in which he encounters advanced physics on a personal level. Want to Read saving…. Please try again later. Oct 16, Charlotte rated it really liked it.

Tompins of them are obviously inaccurate, but I am stumped trying to come up with something better. Tompkins gets propelled -were described in the mid’s in the same way they could basically be described today. 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?