Mr. Tompkins is back! The mild-mannered bank clerk with the short attention span and vivid imagination has inspired, charmed, and informed young and old. Mr Tompkins in Paperback has ratings and 58 reviews. George Gamow’s classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in modern. Mr Tompkins in Paperback (Canto), Mr Tompkins in Wonderland or Stories of c, G , and h, Mr. Tompkins Learns the Facts of Life, Mr Tompkins inside Himself.

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During summer of the same year, i attended the International Conference on Theoretical Physics, organized by the League of nations in Warsaw.

Mr Tompkins Series by George Gamow

Mr Tompkins in Paperback Canto Classics. In general though, the principles that Mr.

I thought this book would help me understand more since it is supposedly written for children. He does this through the introduction of three main characters, Mr Tomkins, a clerk in a big city bank, with an interest in, but little knowledge of, science and a strong propensity to fall asleep and dream during the “Professor’s” scientific lectures, the “Professor”, who gives the scientific explanations, and his daughter Maude, who develops a romantic attachment to Mr Tomkins.

Tompkins works, which may be more readily accessible to mode Mr.

This breaks down complex physics concepts to a conceptual level so that most people can understand it. 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.

Oct 11, Tim Robinson rated it liked it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. On one occasion, when he was about to publish a paper with his student Ralph Alpher, he mischievously added Tompkihs Bethe’s name to the paper, although Bethe had had nothing to do with it, just to make a pun on alpha-beta-gamma.

After the war he became one of the chief advocates of the Big Bang theory.


No-one would consider writing a popular science book via this approach these days and so this will remain a unique classic of the genre. Gamow wrote the first of the Mr Tomkins stories in and was unsuccessful in finding a publisher. Mar 06, Ami Iida rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I was chatting tomkins a glass of excellent Polish miod with my old friend Sir Charles Darwin, the grandson tompoins Charles The Origin of Species Darwin, and the conversation turned to the popularization of science.

Great for getting a conceptual overview. Some of them are obviously inaccurate, but I am stumped trying to come up with something better. Thompson as a vehicle to describe basic comsmological concepts, chemistry, geometry, and a little statistics as well. George Gamow during his “three decade vacation” in the USA wrote a number of articles and books featuring Mr.

Are you scared of physics? George Gamow was a brilliant gamoow who made major contributions to 20th century physics. Set up a giveaway.

George Gamow Russian pronunciation: In the book Tompkins learns about relativity from Albert Einsteinradioactivity from Marie Curie and the structure of the atom from Ernest Rutherford. Read more Read less. Nov 19, Billpalmer rated it it was amazing. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Tompkinz 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 Feb 16, Titas Tompkis read in bed rated it really liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book.

Mr Tompkins

Finally got to read Gamov’s book on physics featuring Mr. 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. But only then he enters a dream world where everything is happening like the lecturer was saying.

Customers who bought this item also bought. Relativity and quantum mechanics are explained very well through these stories and Roger Penrose in the introduction states that with a few minor exceptions these stories still give a useful explanation of these ‘difficult to grasp’ concepts.


ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. This is the original and the best, unlike the “modern” version that was multilated by Russell Stannard in the name of political correctness. I suppose if I repeatedly attempt to understand, eventually I’ll get it. General readers will like this book, and learn a lot of science. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The result is that relativistic and quantum effects become noticeable in daily life.

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. His stories explain to the layman the basic ideas of quantum physics and relativity by exaggerating the actually existing phenomena to such an extent that they can be easily observed by the hero of his stories, C.

Should be required reading. This small paperback volume contains not one but two separate books.

Mr Tompkins in Paperback

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Main belt asteroid Mr. Tompkins Explores the Atom. While the Special Theory of Relativity deals with reference systems travelling tompkinss uniform speed relative to one another, the General Theory of Relativity concerns systems that accelerate with respect to one another.

Tompkins in Wonderland” and “Mr. Fra l’altro, fu uno strenuo sostenitore della teoria del Big Bang e, nei suoi lavori, predisse l’esistenza della radiazione cosmica di fondo. This book is a commentary book on the theory of relativity. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.