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by George Gamow
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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, ...moreMore about George Gamow...