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Tompkins’ adventures into the biological world that have gamos published in separate books. 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 can gain only the vaguest idea of what is really going on.

Gamow writes in a clear and humorous style that both enlightens and entertains. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.

Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland – George Gamow

Feb 16, Titas I read in bed rated it really liked it Shelves: George Gamow Russian pronunciation: Nov 01, Laura Walin rated it liked it Shelves: Tompkins gamw a narrative device to make learning physics non-threatening. The effects of gravity and of acceleration are gajow. Jan 06, Jennifer rated gzmow it was amazing Recommends it for: It introduces a wide variety of subjects in a fun and informative way. 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.

Oct 16, Charlotte rated it really liked it. 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. He worked with Niels Bohr in the development of quantum mechanics.

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I suppose if I repeatedly attempt to understand, eventually I’ll get it. This book combines two earlier books. 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. Tompkins, a bank clerk with an especially easily influenced dream-life.

The stories are usually entirely disconnected from each other and usually turn out to just be dreams. While an older book, it is still entirely current in explaining relativity in plain language. 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.

This is a thoroughly charming little book with a pleasantly dated, mid-century feel. Palmer This book should be on any science teacher’s bookshelf: 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.

The same structure is used in the second book, “Mr. It is certainly within the capacity of many bright year-olds. Even so, I recommend this original version because it is the first of its kind — a creative, innovative approach by a physicist who was present during the time of these ground-breaking developments in physics.

The fifteen chapters in this volume truly are a masterclass of science communication; exquisite science, simple and engaging stories, imbued with subtle humor. Tompkins gets propelled -were described in the mid’s in the same way they could basically be described today. I love the way George Gamow explains chemistry concepts. That’s infinitely greater than where I was previous. I recently shared this book with a teen volunteer who was introducing younger kids to Einstein’s theories in a class on cosmology.


This small paperback volume contains not one but two separate books.

Mr Tomkins Explores the Atom explains atomic structure and some of the ideas of quantum mechanics. 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.

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And it is oh so fun and personal gamiw – the electrons dance and everything is not as it seems. 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.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The dreams of Mr. In fact, this kind of writing is never satisfactory. Tompkins in Wonderland” and “Mr. Thus, the work is too difficult for the layman and too inaccurate for the specialist, and falls between two stools.

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This book surprised me. The two volumes have been through different editions and reprints ever since and inCambridge University Press marked more than half a century of Mr Tomkins by bringing out a joint paperback volume of all the Mr Tomkins stories.