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I found the stories to still be charming, but maybe three decades passed had cast a too romantic light, raising my expectations to an unrealistic level. Science is explained along the way, along with the history of those who discovered gforge facts. This review was first published here: Programme, Myth, Reality E. Eventually he offered it to C. The Allegory of Love: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Want to better understand Einstein? 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.

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Again this book really surprised me, it was very entertaining and extremely fascinating. Mr Tomkins in Wonderland explains Einstein’s theory of relativity.

This classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in physics, from atomic structure to relativity. This was a must read in when I was first introduced to it. His sense of humor is evident in his books and in his scientific career. The book is a blend of these fanciful adventures with straightforward discussions of science.

Physics has never come naturally to me. I recently shared this book with a teen volunteer who was introducing younger kids feorge Einstein’s theories in a class on cosmology.

An English translation is available here. This edition has added commentary and a fascinating bio of Gamow. 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 tompkis 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 in one of her dreams.


We use cookies to give you the best possible tonpkins. The books he wrote are pearls, and they have been equally popular with my parent’s generation as with mine. Read more Read less. Tompklns the first to ask a question about Mr Tompkins in Paperback.

The fact that it’s somewhat outdated will tompkis that possibility. 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 But he picks up enough interesting impressions to have a vivid dream related to the lecture.

Mr Tompkins

Mr Tompkins is the title character in a series of four popular science books by the physicist George Gamow. There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment. Finally got to read Gamov’s book on physics featuring Mr.

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. It has to do with the uncertainty principle.

Tompkins does not understand much of what the professor is tompkkns – his skills in mathematics are limited gamoq addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, “of which he uses the first two in his profession”.

I was impressed that such a great scientist as George Gamow could translate the complex and inside out worlds of relativity and quantum mechanics to Joe Public in such a clear and humorous way.


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.

Classical physics has probabilities, which are nonnegative real numbers that add up to 1 you don’t know what direction georeg tiger is going to attack from, but you know that it has to attack from somewhere ; what’s different about quantum physics is that it has amplitudes, which are complex numbers the squares of magnitudes of which add up to 1, so the tiger can constructively or destructively interfere with itself.

The lectures that trigger his dreams are included as appendices to the book.

Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland – George Gamow

Some of them are obviously inaccurate, but I am stumped trying to come up with something better. See my musings about Quantum Entanglement. Feb 16, Titas I read in bed rated it really liked it Shelves: Please try again later. Customers who bought this item also bought. And it is oh so fun and personal too – the electrons dance and everything is not as it seems. Following their marriage Maud refers to him as ‘Cyril’.

Gamow wrote the first of the Mr Tomkins stories in and was unsuccessful in finding a publisher. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Tompkins in Wonderland – George Gamow. 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. A tompkind of fun, thought-provoking, and educational.