The New World of Mr Tompkins

George Gamow's Classic Mr Tompkins in Paperback

Author: George Gamow,Russell Stannard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521639927

Category: Science

Page: 258

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The layman is introduced to modern physics when a personable bank clerk, interested in scientific matters, has fantastic adventures.

Mr Tompkins in Paperback

Author: George Gamow

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521447713

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 185

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The layman is introduced to modern physics when a personable bank clerk, interested in scientific matters, has fantastic adventures

Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland

Or, Stories of C, G, and H, by G. Gamow ... Illustrated by John Hookham

Author: George Gamow

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: N.A

Category: Quantum theory

Page: 91

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Thirty Years that Shook Physics

The Story of Quantum Theory

Author: George Gamow

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486135160

Category: Science

Page: 240

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Lucid, accessible introduction to the influential theory of energy and matter features careful explanations of Dirac's anti-particles, Bohr's model of the atom, and much more. Numerous drawings. 1966 edition.

Alice in Quantumland

Author: Robert Gilmore

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387914954

Category: Computers

Page: 184

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Hurry, hurry, hurry! Step right up! Welcome to Quantumland! Fall into an atom and dodge electrons! See the amazing Emperor think his clothes into existence! Dance with the Three Quark Brothers at the Particle MASSquerade! An you need is a sense of adventure-no mathematics required! Alice in Quantumland is Robert Gilmore's amazing fantasy ride through the landscape of quantum physics-the interrelated group of theories on the nature of subatomic particles that modern scientists use to, explain the physical universe. Through the allegory of Alice's adventures and encounters, Gilmore makes the essential features of the quantum world clear and accessible. It is a thrilling introduction to some essential, often difficult-to-grasp concepts about the world we inhabit. You've heard about Alice's adventures through the looking glass. Well, Alice is about to embark on another amazing journey. She's going to shrink again-to the size of a nuclear particle-but she's not going down the rabbit hole. She's headed for Quantumland. And what is Quantumland? Think of it as an intellectual amusement park smaller than an atom, where every ride, game, and attraction demonstrates a different aspect of quantum mechanics-the often baffling, always intriguing theoretical framework that seems to provide the most accurate explanations of the way things arc in the physical world. In this masterful blend of fantasy and science, Robert Gilmore uses the allegory of Alice's travels to make the uncertainty principle, Pauli's principle, high-energy particle physics, and other crucial parts of quantum theory accessible and exciting. Once in Quantumland, Alice experiences various quantum effects (at one point going backward in time and running into herself). She also meets a number of strange characters who help her (and you) understand the nature of the quantum world. There is: * the Uncertain Accountant, whose attempts to balance the books at the Heisenberg Energy Bank arc being flummoxed by energy fluctuations; * the State Agent, Who shows Alice how atoms can bc two places at once; * the Three Quark Brothers, who take Alice around the floor in one of the Castle Rutherford's famous Collider Dances; * the Emperor, whose conscious mind makes his new clothes real; and more. Cleverly conceived and written, and delightfully illustrated, Alice in Quantumland brings some crucial yet often elusive scientific concepts within reach of the everyday reader. You don't need to know much about mathematics to follow our heroine's escapades. There is only one equation in the entire book! All you need is a taste for intellectual adventure and healthy curiosity about the world around us.

Gravity

Author: George Gamow

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486317110

Category: Science

Page: 176

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A distinguished physicist and teacher takes a reader-friendly look at three scientists whose work unlocked many of the mysteries behind the laws of physics: Galileo, Newton, and Einstein.

Scrooge's Cryptic Carol

Visions of Energy, Time, and Quantum Nature

Author: Robert Gilmore

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387948003

Category: Computers

Page: 251

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Physicist Robert Gilmore, author of the popular Alice inQuantumland, here presents a delightful takeoff onCharles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, where the threevisitations represent Science Past (the Spirits of Energyand Entropy, who explain the laws of thermodynamics,equilibrium and that troublesome HEAT DEATH sign),Science Present (the ......

The Great Physicists from Galileo to Einstein

Author: George Gamow

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486136817

Category: Science

Page: 368

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The distinguished scientist and author traces the development of physics from the age of the ancient Greeks to modern particle physics, offering fascinating biographical and historical data. 136 illustrations.

Once Upon a Universe

Not-so-Grimm tales of cosmology

Author: Robert Gilmore

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1475741650

Category: Science

Page: 225

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First Snow White encounters one of the Little People, then one of the Even Smaller People, and finally one of the Truly Infinitesimal People. And no matter how diligently she searches, the only dwarves she can find are collapsed stars! Clearly, she's not at home in her well-known Brothers Grimm fairy tale, but instead in a strange new landscape that features quantum behavior, the wavelike properties of particles, and the Uncertainty Principle. She (and we) must have entered, in short, one of the worlds created by Robert Gilmore, physicist and fabulist.

What Does a Black Hole Look Like?

Author: Charles D. Bailyn

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400850568

Category: Science

Page: 224

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Emitting no radiation or any other kind of information, black holes mark the edge of the universe--both physically and in our scientific understanding. Yet astronomers have found clear evidence for the existence of black holes, employing the same tools and techniques used to explore other celestial objects. In this sophisticated introduction, leading astronomer Charles Bailyn goes behind the theory and physics of black holes to describe how astronomers are observing these enigmatic objects and developing a remarkably detailed picture of what they look like and how they interact with their surroundings. Accessible to undergraduates and others with some knowledge of introductory college-level physics, this book presents the techniques used to identify and measure the mass and spin of celestial black holes. These key measurements demonstrate the existence of two kinds of black holes, those with masses a few times that of a typical star, and those with masses comparable to whole galaxies--supermassive black holes. The book provides a detailed account of the nature, formation, and growth of both kinds of black holes. The book also describes the possibility of observing theoretically predicted phenomena such as gravitational waves, wormholes, and Hawking radiation. A cutting-edge introduction to a subject that was once on the border between physics and science fiction, this book shows how black holes are becoming routine objects of empirical scientific study.

The Unnatural Nature of Science

Author: Lewis Wolpert

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674929814

Category: Science

Page: 191

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How is it that nobody--except maybe scientists--sees science for what it is? In this entertaining and provocative book, Lewis Wolpert draws on the entire history of science, from Thales of Miletus to Watson and Crick, from the study of eugenics to the discovery of the double helix. The result is a scientist's view of the culture of science, authoritative and informed and at the same time mercifully accessible to those who find cohabiting with this culture a puzzling experience. Science is arguably the defining feature of our age. For anyone who hopes to understand its nature, this lively and thoughtful book provides the perfect starting point.

The Adventures of Mr. Tompkins

Author: Igor Gamow,Scorpio Steele

Publisher: Booksurge Publishing

ISBN: 9781439252116

Category: Science

Page: 94

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Mr. Tompkins, the inquisitive bank clerk created by esteemed physicist George Gamow in 1937, returns in a new "graphic textbook" companion to the popular new video series! Join Tompkins as he learns about gravity from Albert Einstein, explores the atom with Ernest Rutherford and gets a radioactive guided tour by Marie Curie!

Mr Tompkins Learns the Facts of Life

Author: George Gamow

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107402077

Category: Science

Page: 116

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One of the reincarnations of the Mr Tompkins series since the death of the author in 1968, in which Mr Tompkins visits a biologist.

Radioactivity: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Claudio Tuniz

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191633984

Category: Science

Page: 176

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You cannot hide from radioactivity. Even the book you are holding is slightly radioactive, but there are more serious risks. Radioactivity - the breakdown of unstable atomic nuclei, releasing radiation - is a fundamental process in nature. It is a process that has been harnessed to provide wide and important applications in science, medicine, industry, and energy production. But it remains much misunderstood - and feared, perhaps because nuclear radiation cannot be detected by human senses, and can undoubtedly do great harm if appropriate precautions are not taken. In recent times there have been increasing concerns about nuclear terrorism. The traces of radioactive atoms in rocks have allowed us to understand the nature and history of the Earth, in particular to date events in that history. Radioactive dating has been used for a variety of purposes, from determining the age of the first hominids to the dating of the Turin Shroud. The discovery of radioactivity has improved our survival kit, but also gave us the chance to reach a new level of awareness on the history of our species and its environmental impacts. In this Very Short Introduction, Claudio Tuniz explains the nature of radioactivity and discuss its role in nature. Describing radioactivity in the stars and in the Earth, he also looks at its wide range of applications in biomedicine and in science, as well as the mechanisms of nuclear fission and fusion, and the harnessing of nuclear power. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Quantum Sense and Nonsense

Author: Jean Bricmont

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319652710

Category: Science

Page: 286

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Permeated by the author's delightful humor, this little book explains, with nearly no mathematics, the main conceptual issues associated with quantum mechanics: The issue of determinism. Does quantum mechanics signify the end of a deterministic word-view? The role of the human subject or of the "observer" in science. Since Copernicus, science has increasingly tended to dethrone Man from his formerly held special position in the Universe. But quantum mechanics, with its emphasis on the notion of observation, may once more have given a central role to the human subject. The issue of locality. Does quantum mechanics imply that instantaneous actions at a distance exist in Nature? In these pages the author offers a variety of views and answers - bad as well as good - to these questions. The reader will be both entertained and enlightened by Jean Bricmont's clear and incisive arguments.

Long Walk to Freedom

The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

Author: Nelson Mandela

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780759521049

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 576

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The book that inspired the major new motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa's antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality. LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history's greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela tells the extraordinary story of his life--an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.

One Two Three . . . Infinity

Facts and Speculations of Science

Author: George Gamow

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486135179

Category: Science

Page: 384

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Over 120 delightful pen-and-ink illustrations by the author add another dimension of good-natured charm to these wide-ranging explorations. A mind-expanding volume for the layman and the science-minded.

Mathematics and the Imagination

Author: Edward Kasner,James Newman

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486320278

Category: Mathematics

Page: 400

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With wit and clarity, the authors progress from simple arithmetic to calculus and non-Euclidean geometry. Their subjects: geometry, plane and fancy; puzzles that made mathematical history; tantalizing paradoxes; more. Includes 169 figures.