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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Tompkins, a bank clerk with an especially easily influenced dream-life. He discovered alpha decay via quantum tunneling and worked on radioactive decay of the atomic nucleus, star formation, stellar nucleosynthesis, big bang nucleosynthesis, George Gamow Russian pronunciation: Mr Tompkins has a number of dreams in which he encounters tompkijs physics on a personal level. Now, how do you explain it to a reader who may not have heard of complex numbers?

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Mr Tompkins in Paperback by George Gamow

Jul 23, Jessica rated it did not like it. Since his first appearance over sixty years ago, Mr Tompkins has become known and loved by many thousands of readers as the bank clerk whose fantastic dreams and adventures lead him into a world inside the atom. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In general though, the principles that Mr. Mr Tompkins becomes acquainted with the Professor delivering the lectures and ultimately marries the Tompkinss daughter, Maud.

Set up a giveaway. But the stories, with their old-fashioned charm, do most of the teaching and entertaining here. Tompkins experiences some of the weird and counterintuitive phenomena of the theories of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.

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In the late 19th century, it was quite a shock to scientists to find that the speed of light is constant to all observers. Roger Penrose’s foreword introduces Mr Tompkins to a new generation of readers, and reviews his adventures in light of recent developments in physics.


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. An everyday character trying to comprehend tompkinns concepts of science in weirdly simple yet delicious dreams, walk in parks and what not!

Review ‘Enthusiastically recommended to both scientific and general readers. May 14, Mary rated it it was amazing. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is just a question of working out the logical consequences of the empirical observation, that a measurement of the famow of light in vacuum always gives the same result, irrespective of the relative motions of the observer and the tlmpkins object. Tompkins is named after Tompkins.

Tompkin’s journeys illustrate have stood the test of time. Feb 15, Rob rated it liked it.

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When tommpkins schoolmate and close friend Olav and I were 14 or 15, we went into an 8-storey building near our school just to ride the elevator up and down. Classical physics has probabilities, wh A single-volume reprint of two popular books describing the state of theoretical physics as of the mids quantum mechanics is there, but quantum field theory isn’t in the form of dreams of a listener to popular physics lectures.

Not quite as good as One Two Three Infinity but fun nonetheless. Fortunately, I own this book and can easily read it again if I can bear it. The effects of gravity and of acceleration are identical. They tried to measure our planet’s speed relative to the “ether”, the medium that was believed to carry light waves, by sending light in different directions and having it reflected by mirrors, over carefully measured distances. While the Special Theory of Relativity deals with reference systems travelling at uniform speed relative to one another, the General Theory of Relativity concerns systems that accelerate with respect to one another.

Since his first appearance over sixty years ago, Mr Tompkins has become known and loved by many readers as the bank clerk whose fantastic dreams lead him into a world inside the atom. Oct 16, Charlotte rated it tompkibs liked it.

A lot of fun, though What was this doing on my “want to read” shelf? Want to better understand Einstein? How can one reconcile even the remotest possibility of going backward or forward in time with Einstein’s stipulation that effect can never precede cause? He is a good enough writer and although the stories are corny, I still learned something after each chapter.


Tompkins, a little clerk of a big city bank. The book is a blend of these fanciful adventures with straightforward discussions of science. It explain it so much fun. During summer of the same year, i attended the International Conference on Theoretical Physics, organized by the League of nations in Warsaw.

Also, Gamov doesn’t sufficiently explain some of the basic equations he presents here. Apr 11, Linda Hamonou rated it it was amazing. Thus he is exposed to relativity and quantum mechanics, cycling close to the speed of light and circling a nucleus as an electron.

Paperbackpages. He assumes a reader will know what a “function” is and what “delta” stands for in the context of some of these equations. A fun and imaginative introduction to quantum mechanics for the layperson. 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.

Snow, who is the editor of a popular scientific magazine Discovery published by the Cambridge University Press. Bought this for a grandson. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

He has written several books on physics for laymen in addition to his Mr. Thomkins Explores the Atom”, which describes quantum mechanics including atomic and nuclear structure. General readers will like this book, and learn a lot of science.

The Story of Quantum Theory.