The New World of Mr Tompkins

George Gamow's Classic Mr Tompkins in Paperback

Author: George Gamow,Russell Stannard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521639927

Category: Science

Page: 258

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The layman is introduced to modern physics when a personable bank clerk, interested in scientific matters, has fantastic adventures.

Mr Tompkins in Paperback

Author: George Gamow

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521447713

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 185

View: 5589

The layman is introduced to modern physics when a personable bank clerk, interested in scientific matters, has fantastic adventures


Author: George Gamow

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486317110

Category: Science

Page: 176

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A distinguished physicist and teacher takes a reader-friendly look at three scientists whose work unlocked many of the mysteries behind the laws of physics: Galileo, Newton, and Einstein.

Thirty Years that Shook Physics

The Story of Quantum Theory

Author: George Gamow

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486135160

Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 2725

Lucid, accessible introduction to the influential theory of energy and matter features careful explanations of Dirac's anti-particles, Bohr's model of the atom, and much more. Numerous drawings. 1966 edition.

Alice in Quantumland

Author: Robert Gilmore

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387914954

Category: Computers

Page: 184

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Hurry, hurry, hurry! Step right up! Welcome to Quantumland! Fall into an atom and dodge electrons! See the amazing Emperor think his clothes into existence! Dance with the Three Quark Brothers at the Particle MASSquerade! An you need is a sense of adventure-no mathematics required! Alice in Quantumland is Robert Gilmore's amazing fantasy ride through the landscape of quantum physics-the interrelated group of theories on the nature of subatomic particles that modern scientists use to, explain the physical universe. Through the allegory of Alice's adventures and encounters, Gilmore makes the essential features of the quantum world clear and accessible. It is a thrilling introduction to some essential, often difficult-to-grasp concepts about the world we inhabit. You've heard about Alice's adventures through the looking glass. Well, Alice is about to embark on another amazing journey. She's going to shrink again-to the size of a nuclear particle-but she's not going down the rabbit hole. She's headed for Quantumland. And what is Quantumland? Think of it as an intellectual amusement park smaller than an atom, where every ride, game, and attraction demonstrates a different aspect of quantum mechanics-the often baffling, always intriguing theoretical framework that seems to provide the most accurate explanations of the way things arc in the physical world. In this masterful blend of fantasy and science, Robert Gilmore uses the allegory of Alice's travels to make the uncertainty principle, Pauli's principle, high-energy particle physics, and other crucial parts of quantum theory accessible and exciting. Once in Quantumland, Alice experiences various quantum effects (at one point going backward in time and running into herself). She also meets a number of strange characters who help her (and you) understand the nature of the quantum world. There is: * the Uncertain Accountant, whose attempts to balance the books at the Heisenberg Energy Bank arc being flummoxed by energy fluctuations; * the State Agent, Who shows Alice how atoms can bc two places at once; * the Three Quark Brothers, who take Alice around the floor in one of the Castle Rutherford's famous Collider Dances; * the Emperor, whose conscious mind makes his new clothes real; and more. Cleverly conceived and written, and delightfully illustrated, Alice in Quantumland brings some crucial yet often elusive scientific concepts within reach of the everyday reader. You don't need to know much about mathematics to follow our heroine's escapades. There is only one equation in the entire book! All you need is a taste for intellectual adventure and healthy curiosity about the world around us.

Scrooge's Cryptic Carol

Visions of Energy, Time, and Quantum Nature

Author: Robert Gilmore

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387948003

Category: Computers

Page: 251

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Physicist Robert Gilmore, author of the popular Alice inQuantumland, here presents a delightful takeoff onCharles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, where the threevisitations represent Science Past (the Spirits of Energyand Entropy, who explain the laws of thermodynamics,equilibrium and that troublesome HEAT DEATH sign),Science Present (the ......

One Two Three . . . Infinity

Facts and Speculations of Science

Author: George Gamow

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486135179

Category: Science

Page: 384

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Over 120 delightful pen-and-ink illustrations by the author add another dimension of good-natured charm to these wide-ranging explorations. A mind-expanding volume for the layman and the science-minded.

The Birth and Death of the Sun

Stellar Evolution and Subatomic Energy

Author: George Gamow

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486442314

Category: Science

Page: 219

View: 713

In this fascinating book, a renowned physicist outlines the discoveries and theories that illuminate the evolution of our world. One of the founders of Big Bang theory, George Gamow employs language that's both scientifically accurate and easy to understand as he traces the development of atomic theory. 1952 edition. 78 illustrations.

Mr. Tompkins Gets Serious

The Essential George Gamow

Author: George Gamow,Robert Oerter

Publisher: Dutton Adult

ISBN: 9780131872912

Category: Science

Page: 399

View: 9148

From what happens inside the atom to how things work on larger scales in the universe, readers can rely on George Gamow's authority and be delighted by his sheer joy of physics. Gamow's breadth of knowledge was astounding - he made major contributions to advances in both cosmology and molecular biology. His elucidation of radioactivity, the Big Bang theory, and even how the genetic code might be transcribed years before DNA was discovered makes him one of the 20th century's greatest scientists. Gamow - the creator of the famous MR. TOMPKINS series - offers here his thoughts how the atom works; the basic laws of chemistry; radioactivity; electromagnetism; the nature of light; and how scientists understand space, time, and motion. These writings were collected from his exhaustive 1958 volume on the physical sciences Matter, Earth, And Sky, now out of print and not available in any other collection.

What Does a Black Hole Look Like?

Author: Charles D. Bailyn

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400850568

Category: Science

Page: 224

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Emitting no radiation or any other kind of information, black holes mark the edge of the universe--both physically and in our scientific understanding. Yet astronomers have found clear evidence for the existence of black holes, employing the same tools and techniques used to explore other celestial objects. In this sophisticated introduction, leading astronomer Charles Bailyn goes behind the theory and physics of black holes to describe how astronomers are observing these enigmatic objects and developing a remarkably detailed picture of what they look like and how they interact with their surroundings. Accessible to undergraduates and others with some knowledge of introductory college-level physics, this book presents the techniques used to identify and measure the mass and spin of celestial black holes. These key measurements demonstrate the existence of two kinds of black holes, those with masses a few times that of a typical star, and those with masses comparable to whole galaxies--supermassive black holes. The book provides a detailed account of the nature, formation, and growth of both kinds of black holes. The book also describes the possibility of observing theoretically predicted phenomena such as gravitational waves, wormholes, and Hawking radiation. A cutting-edge introduction to a subject that was once on the border between physics and science fiction, this book shows how black holes are becoming routine objects of empirical scientific study.

Once Upon a Universe

Not-so-Grimm tales of cosmology

Author: Robert Gilmore

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1475741650

Category: Science

Page: 225

View: 1880

First Snow White encounters one of the Little People, then one of the Even Smaller People, and finally one of the Truly Infinitesimal People. And no matter how diligently she searches, the only dwarves she can find are collapsed stars! Clearly, she's not at home in her well-known Brothers Grimm fairy tale, but instead in a strange new landscape that features quantum behavior, the wavelike properties of particles, and the Uncertainty Principle. She (and we) must have entered, in short, one of the worlds created by Robert Gilmore, physicist and fabulist.

The Adventures of Mr. Tompkins

Author: Igor Gamow,Scorpio Steele

Publisher: Booksurge Publishing

ISBN: 9781439252116

Category: Science

Page: 94

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Mr. Tompkins, the inquisitive bank clerk created by esteemed physicist George Gamow in 1937, returns in a new "graphic textbook" companion to the popular new video series! Join Tompkins as he learns about gravity from Albert Einstein, explores the atom with Ernest Rutherford and gets a radioactive guided tour by Marie Curie!

Quantum Sense and Nonsense

Author: Jean Bricmont

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319652710

Category: Science

Page: 286

View: 4048

Permeated by the author's delightful humor, this little book explains, with nearly no mathematics, the main conceptual issues associated with quantum mechanics: The issue of determinism. Does quantum mechanics signify the end of a deterministic word-view? The role of the human subject or of the "observer" in science. Since Copernicus, science has increasingly tended to dethrone Man from his formerly held special position in the Universe. But quantum mechanics, with its emphasis on the notion of observation, may once more have given a central role to the human subject. The issue of locality. Does quantum mechanics imply that instantaneous actions at a distance exist in Nature? In these pages the author offers a variety of views and answers - bad as well as good - to these questions. The reader will be both entertained and enlightened by Jean Bricmont's clear and incisive arguments.