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Description 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. George Gamow's classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in modern physics, from atomic structure to relativity, and quantum theory to fusion and fission. Roger Penrose's foreword introduces Mr Tompkins to a new generation of readers and reviews his adventures in light of recent developments in physics.
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The Allegory of Love C. Image and Imagination C. Studies in Words C. States and Social Revolutions Theda Skocpol. Table of contents Foreword Roger Penrose; 1. City speed limit; 2. The Professor's lecture on relativity which caused Mr Tompkins's dream; 3.
Mr Tompkins takes a holiday; 4. The Professor's lecture on curved space, gravity and the universe; 5. The pulsating universe; 6. Cosmic opera; 7. Quantum billiards; 8. Quantum jungles; 9. Maxwell's demon; A part of the previous lecture which Mr Tompkins slept through; Inside the nucleus; The wood carver; Holes in nothing; Mr Tompkins tastes a Japanese meal.
Review quote 'Enthusiastically recommended to both scientific and general readers. About George Gamow 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.
This classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in physics, from atomic structure to relativity. Back cover copy Mr Tompkins has become known and loved by many thousands of readers since his first appearance over fifty years ago as the bank clerk whose fantastic dreams and adventures lead him into a world inside the atom. Roger Penrose's foreword introduces Mr Tompkins to a new generation of readers, and reviews his adventures in the light of current developments in physics today.
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Mr Tompkins is the title character in a series of four popular science books by the physicist George Gamow. 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. Gamow aims to use these alterations to explain modern scientific theories. Mr Tompkins' adventures begin when he chooses to spend the afternoon of a bank holiday attending a lecture on the theory of relativity. 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 becomes apparent to him through the fact that passing cyclists are subject to a noticeable Lorentz—FitzGerald contraction. Mr Tompkins becomes acquainted with the Professor delivering the lectures and ultimately marries the Professor's daughter, Maud.
Mr Tompkins in Paperback
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