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Le avventure di Mr. Tompkins : viaggio scientificamente fantastico nel mondo della fisica (Mr Tompkins)

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Questo classico della divulgazione scientifica offre al lettore una grande quantità di informazioni e una spiegazione dei concetti fondamentali della fisica moderna: la struttura dell'atomo, la relatività e la teoria quantistica, la fusione e la fissione. La prefazione di Roger Penrose presenta Mr. Tompkins ad una nuova generazione di lettori e rivisita le sue avventure al ...more
Paperback, Nuova biblioteca Dedalo #172, 226 pages
Published 1995 by Dedalo (first published January 1st 1960)
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Robert
George Gamow (during his "three decade vacation" in the USA) wrote a number of articles and books featuring Mr. Tompkins, a bank clerk with an especially easily influenced dream-life. The dreams have a funny way of becoming stories and adventures that explain features of fundamental physics and cosmology (as of the 1960s). Many of the illustrations are also by Gamow. A foreword to this edition by Roger Penrose indicates where theory has moved on since Gamow's time and the few, slight inaccuracie ...more
Mark
This book is a classic popularization of science by one of the great popular science writers who was also a brilliant physicist. He did a lot of work in developing the big bang theory. This book combines two earlier books. The first is "Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland" which discusses the weird consequences of relativity on time, mass, and velocity through alternating scenes of a science lecture and the dreams of a bank clerk who dozes off during the lecture. The same structure is used in the second ...more
Charlotte Sanders
This is a thoroughly charming little book with a pleasantly dated, mid-century feel. From the standpoint of the history of science, it is interesting to read an account of the "latest" developments--as of 1965--in quantum physics and relativity from the point of view of a contemporary and one of the big names in the field.

Mr. Tompkins, a childlike fellow who works at a bank and has limited intellectual ambition, has various fantastical experiences (usually dreamed up while sleeping through lectu
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Kevin Orrman-Rossiter
While drinking with a select group of academics and fellow graduate students a raucous and far-ranging discussion led to an ernest suggestion to read George Gamow’s Mr Tompkins stories. 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. Well actually they usually devolved to discussions on sex and quantum physics; two subjects we physicists f ...more
arcobaleno
In maniera divertente e semplicissima, riesce a spiegare molti concetti della fisica moderna, riportandoli alla quotidianità.

L'autore, George Gamov (1904-1968), fu un importante fisico e cosmologo, oltre che un brillante divulgatore scientifico, di origine russa ma dal 1936 naturalizzato statunitense.
Fra l'altro, fu uno strenuo sostenitore della teoria del Big Bang e, nei suoi lavori, predisse l'esistenza della radiazione cosmica di fondo.
Jennifer
Jan 06, 2011 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an interest in physics
This 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 1997. I still have a really fond place in my heart for this well-written introduction to complex concepts. LOVE IT!
soul
Джордж Гамов е създал забавно и образователно пътуване в квантовата джунгла и други трудно разбираеми за неспециалисти области на физиката. С малки изключения е заложил на находчиви метафори, стихове и картинки, вместо на формули и суха материя в академичен стил. Вероятно за по-ясно и опростено представяне е вложил доста наивитет във въпросите и сънищата на мистър Томпкинс, който е особено осезаем при четенето им в наши дни. Но за времето, когато е писана и публикувана (1938-1944 г.), е била мно ...more
Eric
If you want to read up on quantum theory, this is the best place to start!
Billpalmer
Review of ‘Mr Tomkins in Paperback’ (1994) by George Gamow, Canto Books (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Reviewer W. P. Palmer

This book should be on any science teacher's bookshelf: it is inexpensive and a delight to read. Firstly, however a little information about the publication.

1. This small paperback volume contains not one but two separate books. Mr Tomkins in Wonderland was originally published by Cambridge University Press in 1940. Mr Tomkins Explores the Atom was published by
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Ilya
A single-volume reprint of two popular books describing the state of theoretical physics as of the mid-1940s (quantum mechanics is there, but quantum field theory isn't) in the form of dreams of a listener to popular physics lectures. Some of them are obviously inaccurate, but I am stumped trying to come up with something better. For instance, in one dreamworld Planck's constant is macroscopic, so a tiger attacking an elephant looks like many fuzzy tigers. Classical physics has probabilities, wh ...more
Arthur
This book is great, especially if you have a vivid imagination. I think this definitely helps one think in the 'extreme' terms that our reality is actually subject to (i.e special relativity via a world where the speed of light is much smaller, and atomic/quantum physics via a place where the quantum Planck's constant is much greater).
Marynna
Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland, and Mr. Tompkins Explores the Atom, are two adorable gems by physicist George Gamow.

In story format, Gamow presents important concepts to the general public. The themes are dated -- e.g., Mr. 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.

There is a contemporary version, an "update" of Gamow's Mr. Tompkins works, which may be more readily accessible to mode
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Caleb Lohrberg
This book surprised me. Mr. Coakes had lent it to me after a discussion we had on some science theories. At first I thought it was going to be like reading a text book. Although i kept me thoroughly entertained and mentally challenged as it described many current and new ideas in theoretical physics. 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. From becoming an electron trapped in a chl ...more
Fredrik
Veldig bra! Mr Tompkins er i drømmeland i fysikkverden! Kvantumtigre, dansende elektroner, sykler som blir presset sammen av relativiteten i en verden med lav lyshastighet. Veldig læreriktig og utrolig gode forklariner.
Tim Robinson
Mr Tompkins has a number of dreams in which he encounters advanced physics on a personal level. Thus he is exposed to relativity and quantum mechanics, cycling close to the speed of light and circling a nucleus as an electron.

At first glance, this seems like a good way to bring science to the masses. In fact, this kind of writing is never satisfactory. Shrinking the hero to an atomic scale so that he can experience quantum effects first hand may create an illusion of understanding, but the reade
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Jessica
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. 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. I found none. 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 ...more
Cbpax
Jul 14, 2008 Cbpax rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All/Science students
Back in print! For older children/teens and even adults who want to learn some quantum chemistry. I love the way George Gamow explains chemistry concepts. Mr Tompkins shrinks ala Alice in Wonderland to quantum/atomic size and exlores on a personal level the wonders of small things. And it is oh so
fun and personal too - the electrons dance and everything is not as it seems. Nothing is like things are in the "real" world. Science is explained along the way, along with the history of those who disc
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Peter Lindsay
I've read this book a few times; I love it and must recommend Gamow to non-scientists interested in the major problems/theories in physics. Gamow uses Mr. Thompson as a vehicle to describe basic comsmological concepts, chemistry, geometry, and a little statistics as well. He is a good enough writer and although the stories are corny, I still learned something after each chapter. Today, I have probably a 10% chance at describing General Relativity. That's infinitely greater than where I was previ ...more
Laura Walin
Tämä toimi näennäisesti naivista lähtökohdasta huolimatta ihan hyvin. Mikään suuri kirjoittajalahjakkuus herra Gamov ei mielestäni ole, mutta hän oli keksinyt loistavan idean havainnollistaa fysiikan suureita tuomalla niiden vaikutukset ilmi arkitodellisuudessa - jos siis vaikkapa valon nopeus olisi 300 km/tunnissa. Suhtellisuusteoria ja Heisenbergin epätarkkuuperiaate avautuivat paremmin kuin koskaan, ainakin minulle.
Marcus
Without this book I would still be utterly lost trying to understand modern (circa 1950s) theoretical physics. While I'm still far from fluent in understanding all the nuances of relativity, this book provides a guided tour through it's perplexing concepts. Want to better understand Einstein? This is the book for you.
Anton Z.
An explanation by a master of physics of Relativity and Quantum mechanics by changing the physical constants so that the esoteric effects of these theories occur in the every day world. Humorous and delightful. The original title was "Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland".
Slickmez
A good book for understanding some of the key ideas of particle physics. A bit dated but it contains the fundamentals. It is also a good introduction to quantum mechanics. It is told in a querky way that was engaging to me but may put some people off.
zltg
Physics, like mathematics, can only be learned with rigor and pain, otherwise one ends up like Mr Tompkins, knowing nothing.
Nate
An excellent and relatively straightforward introduction to a a not-so-straightforward field.
Catherine
A book about quantum mechanics and particle physics for children...gotta love it.
John
I read this when I was a kid and it definitely inspired my interest in Physics.
Sara Best
Physics the way it should be taught!
Cameron
Read another book by Gamow ... Do it now! I mean now!
Krishna
This is pretty entertaining, and educational!
Jose Luis
Great book to grasp concepts about physics
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