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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What follows, in his own words, is a fascinating commentary on science communication: Views Read Edit View history. The theories are no longer cutting-edge, as they were in the s, but I don’t think this book will ever grow old.

Essentially, reading this book felt like listening to the ranting and rambling lectures of a monotone physics professor.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Suitably chastened after half a dozen more magazine rejections he put the manuscript in a desk drawer and forgot about it. WIll update this when I recall the name. Strongly recommended to everyone just for the fun of it. Classical physics has probabilities, which are nonnegative real numbers that add up to 1 you don’t know what direction the 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.

It has to do with the uncertainty principle. Tompkins waking up from one of his dreams. See all customer images. Surprisingly, now the phe Make Physics Easy Again! The themes are dated — e. 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.


When my 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.

But only then he enters a dream world where everything is happening like the lecturer was saying. Surprisingly, now the phenomena are easy to understand cause those are actually happening in front of his eyes.

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.

George Gamow was a brilliant physicist who made major contributions to 20th century physics. Showing of 60 reviews. Firstly, however a little information about the publication.

The result is that relativistic and quantum effects become noticeable in daily life.

I have a very limited knowledge and passion for physics, but my friend insisted that I would still tompkkins enjoyment in the basic storyline that ran through tompkuns overarching plot.

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

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. I read translated versions of these books as a boy, and they were part of the reason that I pursued an education and work life focused on natural sciences and technology.

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 I finished reading this story for no other reason than completing a recommendation from a friend who has been requesting I read some of his favorite books.

An English translation is available here. In the second book, he imagines what would happen if Planck’s constant were much larger. The effects of gravity and of acceleration are identical. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. A foreword to this edition by Roger Penrose indicates where theory has moved on since Gamow’s time and the few, slight inaccuracies in the description of Relativity.


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Things that surprise me. Just as with all those other books about basic relativity, I wished I had a physicist sitting next to me as I read these pages. Sep 29, Robert rated it really liked it Shelves: Trivia About Mr Tompkins in Pa Though it might be better to start by reading Alice in Quantumland first. For instance, in one dreamworld Planck’s constant is macroscopic, so a tiger attacking an elephant looks like many fuzzy tigers.

Mr Tompkins Series by George Gamow

Tompkins Explores the Atom. Tompkins attends lectures in order to win the favor of a professor whose daughter he wishes to court; however, the style is nevertheless effective — and funny. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. While an older book, it is still entirely current in explaining relativity in plain language. Even if gmow for a large public, I can understand why some people might be tempted to take a nap during the “Curiosity makes a scientist” This book tells the story of a banker who wants to learn something new and end up in a relativity class.

Feb 02, Vishy rated it really tompiins it. The whole book is written in 3rd person, and it tells the story of Mr. Tompkins, a sometimes too curious man who find himself trapped in many predicaments. One afternoon of a bank holiday Mr. And I do want to reread it soon.