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3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  105 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A distinguished physicist and teacher, George Gamow also possessed a special gift for making the intricacies of science accessible to a wide audience. In Gravity, he takes an enlightening look at three of the towering figures of science who unlocked many of the mysteries behind the laws of physics: Galileo, the first to take a close look at the process of free and restrict ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 23rd 2003 by Dover Publications (first published December 1st 1962)
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Alex Curry
Apr 20, 2015 Alex Curry rated it really liked it
Well beyond any mental capacity that I have ever even dreamed of possessing. But still exuberantly interesting.
May 31, 2014 Billy rated it liked it
Shelves: astronomy
Interesting read. It's not as accessible to the lay reader as some make it out to be. Some of the math requires some knowledge of trig and calc, but if you don't have that, you can just press the "I believe" button and move on.
Feb 23, 2013 David added it
I was a little disappointed by this book. From having read about Gamow in the past, I expected more personal anecdotes and humor. Aside from that, the book is not as easy for laypeople as Gamow seems to think. Understandably, a book about physics will be heavy with equations, but for a book meant for laypeople, it almost reads more like a textbook at times. Though some of the stories are incredibly interesting, they are clouded by equations that are admittedly above my head, and Gamow as a write ...more
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Lage von Dissen
Mar 01, 2013 Lage von Dissen rated it it was ok
What can I say? This book is about gravity. From Galileo to Newton to Einstein, Gamow explores this fundamental force in nature giving a brief overview of the science and history behind it. A quick read that discusses the fundamentals with the inclusion of Newton's calculus and various equations that help to describe it. Most of the book is for lay people, however a little background in mathematics helps in actually understanding the equations.
Apr 22, 2010 Paul rated it it was ok
I give this book only two stars because I was under the impression Gamow was a great populist when it came to science, writing books that would make science accessible to laypeople. This book does not fit that category in the slightest. That may be my own mistake, but I see no way that this book is truly comprehensible unless you already have proficience in higher math. So if you do, you may rate this book higher.
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Jan 20, 2010 dead letter office rated it really liked it
Pretty awesome. Who writes a popular text about gravity? The classical stuff is good, the introduction to relativity is great. It might not be as accessible as Gamow seems to think it is, though. It would be fun to teach a class along these lines to people with no real math. There's an error in the equation on page 88.
Jun 13, 2011 May added it
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Given the age of this book, it's great! I does a fantastic job of the search for gravity and the related math that has resulted from it. I would definitely add it to the list of books to read if you love knowing the history of the issue.
Peter Lindsay
May 23, 2010 Peter Lindsay rated it liked it
Science is fun! Gravity is such a weird thing, but Gamow makes it accessible in 6 chapters. He talks about Newton a lot for obvious reasons and there is an entire chapter dedicated to a brief history of calculus or the calculus.
May 14, 2016 Malli rated it really liked it
George Gamow is a brilliant teacher. He gently leads the reader through the mathematics of gravity. With his quaint hand-drawn diagrams, it was a pleasure reading and working through this book
Aug 23, 2011 Germancho rated it it was amazing
Es muy, pero muy bonito, muy al alcance del publico, y muy facil de leer. Es agradable, y tiene muy buenas reflexiones sobre el desarrollo de las teorias fisicas.
Nov 01, 2013 Markus rated it really liked it
There were a few aha! moments for me while reading this book. Weirdly, the section on calculus was more helpful than I would've expected.
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May 23, 2015 Andrija Kostić rated it it was amazing
Great insight into some fundamental problems of mechanics and kinematics
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George Gamow (Russian pronunciation: [ˈɡaməf:]; March 4 [O.S. February 20:] 1904 – August 19, 1968), born Georgiy Antonovich Gamov (Георгий Антонович Гамов), was a theoretical physicist and cosmologist born in the Russian Empire. He discovered alpha decay via quantum tunneling and worked on radioactive decay of the atomic nucleus, star formation, stellar nucleosynthesis, big bang nucleosynthesis, ...more
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