Mr Tompkins in Paperback: Mr Tompkins in Wonderland/Mr Tompkins Explores the Atom

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  • Title: Mr Tompkins in Paperback: Mr Tompkins in Wonderland/Mr Tompkins Explores the Atom
  • Author: George Gamow John Hookham
  • ISBN: 9780521093552
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
Mr Tompkins in Paperback: Mr Tompkins in Wonderland/Mr Tompkins Explores the Atom

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About “George Gamow John Hookham

  • George Gamow John Hookham

    George Gamow Russian pronunciation am f March 4 O.S February 20 1904 August 19, 1968 , born Georgiy Antonovich Gamov , was a theoretical physicist and cosmologist born in the Russian Empire 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.



546 thoughts on “Mr Tompkins in Paperback: Mr Tompkins in Wonderland/Mr Tompkins Explores the Atom

  • Are you scared of physics Don t want to spend your valuable time to understand the complexity of the world of physics Do you think physics cant be easy or physics cant be funny Come here Come here Here is a book just for you Read it to laugh, read it to learn You will never regret reading this Detailed review coming soon


  • 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 1960s 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 inaccuracies in the d [...]



  • 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 book, M [...]


  • Mr 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 than I d like to admit This is a thoroughly charming little book with a pleasantly dated, m [...]



  • In maniera divertente e semplicissima, riesce a spiegare molti concetti della fisica moderna, riportandoli alla quotidianit.L autore, George Gamov 1904 1968 , fu un importante fisico e cosmologo, oltre che un brillante divulgatore scientifico, di origine russa ma dal 1936 naturalizzato statunitense.Fra l altro, fu uno strenuo sostenitore della teoria del Big Bang e, nei suoi lavori, predisse l esistenza della radiazione cosmica di fondo.


  • Without this book I would still be utterly lost trying to understand modern circa 1950s 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 This is the book for you.


  • 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 1997 I still have a really fond place in my heart for this well written introduction to complex concepts LOVE IT


  • Finally got to read Gamov s book on physics featuring Mr.Tompkins 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 read Longer review soon.



  • Mr.Tompkins is not your average book It is a collection of short stories all based around the same character learning about science 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 science 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 how [...]


  • Mr Tompkins has a bad habit of falling asleep during his friend the Physics professor s lectures and having wild dreams set in the strange worlds of quantum physics and atomic particles The book is a blend of these fanciful adventures with straightforward discussions of science Last revised in the mid 60s so it might not be totally up to date, but it s mainly of interest for Gamow s sometimes humorous way in popularizing fairly difficult topics.


  • While drinking with a select group of academics and fellow graduate students a raucous and far ranging discussion led to an ernest suggestion to read George Gamow s Mr Tompkins stories The discussion had meandered into a messy philosophical argument bringing into question our understanding quantum physics, as discussions often did in the cloistered world of university physics departments Well actually they usually devolved to discussions on sex and quantum physics two subjects we physicists foun [...]


  • A fun and imaginative introduction to quantum mechanics for the layperson Didn t age the greatest, and would honestly in the modern day and age probably be an all CGI movie Actually, they basically made such a movie in like 2010 or so, but I forgot its name WIll update this when I recall the name.


  • Review of Mr Tomkins in Paperback 1994 by George Gamow, Canto Books Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.Reviewer W P PalmerThis book should be on any science teacher s bookshelf it is inexpensive and a delight to read Firstly, however a little information about the publication.1 This small paperback volume contains not one but two separate books Mr Tomkins in Wonderland was originally published by Cambridge University Press in 1940 Mr Tomkins Explores the Atom was published by Cambridge Un [...]


  • Gamow took on the challenging task of writing a novel that would involve lofty science topics such as relativity and quantum mechanics, in which he would help the readers develop a basic understanding of the topics 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 I did like the way that the chapters were their own little stories an [...]


  • A single volume reprint of two popular books describing the state of theoretical physics as of the mid 1940s quantum mechanics is there, but quantum field theory isn t in the form of dreams of a listener to popular physics lectures Some of them are obviously inaccurate, but I am stumped trying to come up with something better For instance, in one dreamworld Planck s constant is macroscopic, so a tiger attacking an elephant looks like many fuzzy tigers Classical physics has probabilities, which a [...]


  • Curiosity makes a scientist This book tells the story of a banker who wants to learn something new and end up in a relativity class Of course, he get s so bored than he falls asleep and visit a world ruled by relativity.It continues with lectures on physics Mr Tompkins attempt during which he always manage to grab some sleep and some dreams about quantum mechanics and atoms.Even if destine for a large public, I can understand why some people might be tempted to take a nap during the lecture Th [...]


  • Mr Tompkins in Wonderland, and Mr Tompkins Explores the Atom, are two adorable gems by physicist George Gamow.In story format, Gamow presents important concepts to the general public The themes are dated e.g Mr Tompkins attends lectures in order to win the favor of a professor whose daughter he wishes to court however, the style is nevertheless effective and funny.There is a contemporary version, an update of Gamow s Mr Tompkins works, which may be readily accessible to modern students Even so, [...]


  • This book surprised me Mr Coakes had lent it to me after a discussion we had on some science theories At first I thought it was going to be like reading a text book Although i kept me thoroughly entertained and mentally challenged as it described many current and new ideas in theoretical physics The whole book is written in 3rd person, and it tells the story of Mr Tompkins, a sometimes too curious man who find himself trapped in many predicaments From becoming an electron trapped in a chlorine a [...]


  • 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 to [...]


  • What was this doing on my want to read shelf I ve read this book many times, starting at the age of about 12, and I absolutely love it Nowadays, if I work hard at it, I can sometimes make a little sense of the lectures that accompany the stories But the stories, with their old fashioned charm, do most of the teaching and entertaining here I recently shared this book with a teen volunteer who was introducing younger kids to Einstein s theories in a class on cosmology A lot of fun, thought provoki [...]


  • Mr Tompkins has a number of dreams in which he encounters advanced physics on a personal level Thus he is exposed to relativity and quantum mechanics, cycling close to the speed of light and circling a nucleus as an electron.At first glance, this seems like a good way to bring science to the masses In fact, this kind of writing is never satisfactory Shrinking the hero to an atomic scale so that he can experience quantum effects first hand may create an illusion of understanding, but the reader c [...]



  • Back in print For older children teens and even adults who want to learn some quantum chemistry I love the way George Gamow explains chemistry concepts Mr Tompkins shrinks ala Alice in Wonderland to quantum atomic size and exlores on a personal level the wonders of small things And it is oh sofun and personal too the electrons dance and everything is not as it seems Nothing is like things are in the real world Science is explained along the way, along with the history of those who discovered var [...]


  • I ve read this book a few times I love it and must recommend Gamow to non scientists interested in the major problems theories in physics Gamow uses Mr Thompson as a vehicle to describe basic comsmological concepts, chemistry, geometry, and a little statistics as well He is a good enough writer and although the stories are corny, I still learned something after each chapter Today, I have probably a 10% chance at describing General Relativity That s infinitely greater than where I was previous.


  • T m toimi n enn isesti naivista l ht kohdasta huolimatta ihan hyvin Mik n suuri kirjoittajalahjakkuus herra Gamov ei mielest ni ole, mutta h n oli keksinyt loistavan idean havainnollistaa fysiikan suureita tuomalla niiden vaikutukset ilmi arkitodellisuudessa jos siis vaikkapa valon nopeus olisi 300 km tunnissa Suhtellisuusteoria ja Heisenbergin ep tarkkuuperiaate avautuivat paremmin kuin koskaan, ainakin minulle.


  • This is a very fun book of Gamow in it a bank clerk falls slept at scientifical conferences, and dreams about strange worlds where the quantum constant h is very big and the speed c of light is very low using this dreams Gamow explains the special and general theory of relativity,the gravitational dilatation of time, the concept of entropy ,the incertidumbre principle and notions of quantum mechanics.A Little gem


  • This book is great, especially if you have a vivid imagination I think this definitely helps one think in the extreme terms that our reality is actually subject to i.e special relativity via a world where the speed of light is much smaller, and atomic quantum physics via a place where the quantum Planck s constant is much greater.


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