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One, Two, Three...Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science

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". . . full of intellectual treats and tricks, of whimsy and deep scientific philosophy. It is highbrow entertainment at its best, a teasing challenge to all who aspire to think about the universe." — NewYork Herald Tribune
One of the world's foremost nuclear physicists (celebrated for his theory of radioactive decay, among other accomplishments), George Gamow possessed the
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by Dover Publications (first published 1947)
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Sanjay Gautam
May 31, 2014 Sanjay Gautam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Laymen interested in science and maths.
There was a young fellow from Trinity
Who took √∞ (square root of infinity)
But the number of digits
Gave him the fidgets;
He dropped Math and took up Divinity.



There's magic in these pages.

Gamow, one of the greatest physicists of 20th century, whose passion for the maths and science is communicated in this book, whether explaining the wonders of infinite series, or how to locate a hidden pirate's treasure chest using imaginary numbers. The book explains how mathematics and science really work, in
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Manny
Nov 10, 2012 Manny rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People in search of good pop science books
Recommended to Manny by: Tatiana
Having just read this fine book, closely preceded by the equally excellent Frontiers of Astronomy , I'm beginning to feel that the 40s and 50s were not just the Golden Age of science-fiction; they may also have been the Golden Age of popular science writing, a genre which certainly is not unconnected to SF. I have read a fair number of pop science books over the last year, and most of the modern ones are miserably unsatisfying. They are stylistically weak, the authors alternate between patronis ...more
Sabbir Ahmed
Feb 09, 2015 Sabbir Ahmed rated it really liked it
Shelves: mathematics, science
ধরুন, আপনার কোন বনধু এসে বলল, তোমাদের বিজঞানের তো অনেক জয়জয়কার। আমি অত গভীরে যেতে চাই না। আমাকে শুধু এমন কোন বই সাজেসট করো যা পড়লে আমি সায়েনসের কিছুটা মজা নিতে পারি। কিংবা আপনার ছোট কোন ভাই বোনকে বিজঞানে আগরহী করতে কোন বই দিতে চান।
এমন কষেতরে আপনাকে আমি যে বইটা তার হাতে তুলে দিতে বলব তা হচছে এই বইটি।
গণিত,রসায়ন, জীববিদযা ও পদারথবিদযার চুমবক অংশ অতযনত সুনদরভাবে এই বইটিতে তুলে ধরা হয়েছে।
পরাচীন ভারতের কথিত রাজা দাহির দাবা খেলা নিয়ে কি গনডগোল করল কিংবা বেনারস এ Temple of Brahma-র সবগুলো তামার পাত সথ
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Ben Haley
May 04, 2009 Ben Haley rated it it was amazing
I love laymen science and this is the best I've read. Gamow presents complex subjects with simple analogies and clever cartoons. His science, rivets like a jackhammer, pounding out universal revelations with each new page.

One, Two, Three...Infinity walks us through the worlds of nuclear physics, cosmology, biology, relativity, quantum theory, and astrophysics without skipping a beat. We learn how to measure the height of an oil molecule in a bathtub, the rotation of our milky way with a red shif
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ahmed  kano
Aug 20, 2012 ahmed kano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع .. الكاتب بادىء معاك من أول ما بدأوا يعرفوا الأعداد لغاية الوقت اللى اتكتب فيه الكتاب فالعلم فعلا بداية بلا نهاية
و الكتاب لغته سهلة و بسيطة باختصار رائعة مش زى لغة الأكادميين المملة .. شايف غرضه الأساسى انه يحببك فى العلم عموماً

من الموضوعات " حاجات كنت كاتبها عشان تفهمنى مش أكتر لو مهتم لازم تقرا الكتاب نفسه


الفوضى الحرارية
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- درجة الغليان مرتبطة بالضغط الجوى
- يستيطع الإنسان من درجة غليان الماء أن يحسب الضغط الجوى و من ثم ارتفاع المكان عن مستوى سطح البحر
. تتناسب درجة
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Yasser
Oct 14, 2016 Yasser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

كيف يمكن لِعالم أن يُؤتى مثل هذه القدرة على إمتاع الناس بالعلم؟!

جورج جاموف الأمريكي ذو الأصل الروسي.. عالم الفيزياء الكبير وصاحب المساهمات العظيمة في علوم الذرات والإشعاع والكونيات يقدم موسوعة .. فعلا موسوعة مبهرة وممتعة اسمها "واحد.. إثنان.. ثلاثة.. لانهاية".. وفي حوالي ٤٥٠ صفحة من القطع الكبير ستنغمس في رياضيات وفيزياء وكونيات وكيمياء وبيولوجي بأسلوب لن ترى له مكافيء.
يبدأ جاموف كتابه، فيقول: «الذرات والنجوم والسدم وتعادل الطاقة والعوامل الوراثية، وهل يستطيع المرء أن يثني الفضاء؟ وسبب انكماش ال
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Steven Peterson
May 01, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing
I happened to look at a book shelf at home, and this cool book from high school and college years caught my eye. It represents one of the classic volumes that made science accessible to lots of people. It also has humor! In discussing relativity theory, George Gamow uses some limericks:

"There was a young fellow named Fisk
Whose fencing was exceedingly brisk.
So fast was his action,
The Fitzgerald contraction
Reduced his rapier to a disk."

Or, my personal favorite:

"There was a young girl named Miss
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Nick Black
Apr 08, 2008 Nick Black rated it liked it
Impulsive acquisition at Borders, 2008-04-08. Dover sure has put out a lot of books recently!

This was better for the insight into Gamow as a scientific author than any of the actual details; anyone who's going to reach for a mid-century perspective on last century's physics from an eccentric Soviet, complete with hand-drawn comic-like illustrations and puns heavily weighted by innuendo, via the Dover Mathematics line -- known best for its republishing of opaque Eastern European textbooks having
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Jacob
Nov 01, 2008 Jacob rated it really liked it
Written in 1947 and last updated in 1961, Gamow's overview of the postwar state of the art in mathematics, physics, biology, and astronomy is lucid, if occasionally challenging, with 128 charming illustrations by the author scattered through the text. I picked this up for its discussions of number theory and topology for the nonspecialist, though if I had checked the table of contents, I would have seen that the discussion of math per se takes up only about a tenth of the book's length. Still, t ...more
أحمد الصادق
Feb 16, 2013 أحمد الصادق rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: كل من يهوى الكتب العلمية وخاصة فيم يتعلق بالفيزياء والرياضيات
Recommended to أحمد by: لا أحد
Shelves: فيزياء
1,2,3...∞
أعظم كتاب في تبسيط العلوم قرأته حتى الآن
جورج جاموف يمتلك أسلوباً ساحراً في توضيح أعقد الأفكار العلمية والفيزيائية خاصة .. كما يمتلك من العلم ما يؤهله أن يوضع على مصاف كبار العلماء.. ونسبت له نظرية الإنفجار الكبير حيث كان هو آخر من وضع النظرية الكاملة وبلورها في صورتها الحالية سنة 1948
الكتاب جولة شيقة مابين الرياضيات البحتة والهندسة مروراً بالفيزياء والكيمياء والبيولوجيا ثم ختاماً بالفلك ونظريات نشوء الكون ونظريات الفوضى والاحتمالات
كما لا أخفي على القارئ أن الكاتب لديه موهبة جذابة في الح
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Jenna
Expounding facts and theories of modern science that as a reader it gives you a vivid image of the universe as it shows the scientist of today. It introduces you some interesting history of big numbers and how it started. Likewise, the differences between natural and artificial numbers. The book was fantastically witty!
Gaurav Hirlekar
Aug 31, 2010 Gaurav Hirlekar rated it it was amazing
Extremely well written book. The author explains his thoughts very concisely and in a very easily understandable manner. If we had books like this for textbooks, every young student would dream of becoming a scientist.
Tom Potter
Feb 15, 2015 Tom Potter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book blew my mind when I was in my early teens and I have been interested in math, both avocationally and vocationally, every since. One of the best math books ever written for non-mathematicians.
Omar Fathy
Jan 25, 2015 Omar Fathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تحدث فى كثير من المواضيع العلمية بطريقة شيقة و بسيطة الى حد كبير , دسم للغاية , يحتاج قراءة ثانية
Dan Cohen
Nov 05, 2016 Dan Cohen rated it really liked it

I wish I had written my review sooner after reading the book! I remember it was consistently entertaining and informative. Some of the science is a little out of date, of course, but the presentation and ideas (both mathematical and scientific) is excellent. The drawings are funny and the writing is engaging.
Christopher
Jan 26, 2017 Christopher rated it liked it
An enjoyable, if at times outdated, overview of numerous problems, concepts, and intriguing implications in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, and astronomy.
Prashant Ramesh
Nov 29, 2016 Prashant Ramesh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: g-o-a-t
Changed the way I think about numbers, physics, the universe. One of the best scientific works I've ever encountered.
Toby
Aug 04, 2015 Toby rated it it was amazing
This is quite possibly the greatest popular science book ever written. The author, George Gamow, must have been an incredibly knowledgeable scientist, as well as an excellent teacher and communicator. Certainly its one of my personal favourites.

The book's whimsical writing is engaging, as you're taken on explorations into the 4th dimension, into the atomic realm, into the world of genetics, and even back to the days of creation. The topics covered are impressive for such a small book, and they
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Ahmet Kasapsaracoglu
Kitapta, Matematik, Fizik,AstroFizik,Kimya ve Biyoloji ile ilgili konular harmanlanmış. Dikkatli okumak gerekiyor, okurken bazen kayboluyorsun.

Matematik bölümünde, Cantor'un sonsuzluk paradoksu var, olasılık ile ilgili konular var, imaginer sayılar var. Sonsuzluk nedir ile başlıyor. Farklı sonsuzluk kümelerini karşılaştırıyor, aynı olup olmadıklarını, birbirlerinden farklıysa nasıl farklı olduklarını ispat ediyor.Kimin sonsuzluğu daha büyük? Daha doğrusu hangi sonsuzluk daha fazla!

Matematik ile
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Priyadarshini Sur
Feb 28, 2014 Priyadarshini Sur is currently reading it
Though mathematics is not my cup of tea, I picked a book on mathematics’ ‘One two three.Infinity,’subtitled Facts and speculations of science by George Gamow .The book was originally written in 1947 and then revised in 1961. It's an amazing tour of some interesting bits of physics, mathematics , biology and about birth of planets, in under 350 pages.I read and re-read several times the chapters on mathematics and physics and marked the particularly interesting sections.
The book opens with a dis
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Dan Downing
Sep 29, 2016 Dan Downing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We who find gratification in the written word usually have a few books which repay re-reading every decade or two. Maybe Homer, or Greene, or Hegel or Flemming; perhaps Joyce or Fitzgerald or Melville or Bronte. Certainly scads of poets, a scattering of playwrights and for some readers those who wrote in technical fields: Carson or Darwin or Hawking or the present author, George Gamow.
My copy of this title dates from 1959. I probably worked through it in 1960, maybe '61. It was in 1961 that a re
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Bishop
Nov 15, 2015 Bishop rated it really liked it
Late 1940s layperson-targeted survey of the (1940s) scientific frontier, especially atomic physics, astrophysics, and chemistry, and starts with some awesome topics in set theory and number theory.

I always remembered this book for its fantastic introduction to how there are differently sized infinities (Cantor's diagonal counting thing) but never got much beyond that I think because I first tried to read it in elementary school and it was too dense for me. But now I finally read the rest and fou
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Tommy Carlson
Dec 17, 2012 Tommy Carlson rated it really liked it
The Curve of Binding Energy makes many a reference to Gamow, including this non-fiction gem from 1947. It's a look at science covering a wide range from numbers themselves, hence the title, to the physical world from micro to macro scales. It's enhanced by illustrative drawings by Gamow himself, which are delightful.

What I really loved about the book is that it's from an era far removed from my childhood. If you read enough science non-fiction, you get used to certain analogies being used to des
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Aparajita Raychaudhury
I would rate this book at 4.5.

I love the idea of this book. Every popular science book I've ever read has usually been on a particular topic (like String Theory) or theme (like Cosmology). This is a book that picks 'The most interesting areas of current Science' and then goes ahead and explains it in a beautiful manner. It encompasses Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology and even some parts History. It's the best gift to encourage a curious child to explore more.

Though some of the information is
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الشناوي محمد
واحد..اثنان..ثلاثة..لا نهاية
جورج جاموف
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هذا كتاب في العلوم، ليس في مجال علمي واحد، بل هو مقالات متفرقة في مجالات مختلفة منها الكيمياء، والرياضيات. وقد اعترف المؤلف أن في كتابه الكثير من الأبواب الصعبة التي قد لا يستوعبها إلا المتخصص، وفيه كذلك فصولا سهلة في متناول القارئ العادي.
وضع الكاتب فصلين عن الأعداد، كان من الطرائف الواردة فيهما، أن حكيما هنديا ابتكر لعبة الشطرنج، فأراد الملك أن يكافئه، فطلب منه الحكيم أن يضع له حبة قمح في مربع الشطرنج الأول، وحبتين في الثاني،
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Ahmad No'man
Feb 05, 2014 Ahmad No'man rated it it was amazing
باديء ذو بدء هو واحد من الكتب الصعب أن تعطيها حقها مهما كتبت عنها ومدحت في محتواها .. هذا سبب والآخر أني شخصيابالرغم من اعتقادي أن استيعاب الكتاب تماما صعب من أول مرة الا أن 70% أو حتي 60 هي أكثر من كافة لتغيير محتواك العقلي ومنهجك الفكري كما وكيفا

الكتاب يضع ببساطة -علي قدر الإمكان- علاقات رياضية وهندسية لوصف الكون والحياة والطاقة وحركة الذرات والجزيئات والمجرات والكواكب .. وكل العلاقات والأنظمة الكونية في محاولة لتوصيلها للقاريء بأقرب مايكون للمنطق -رياضيا-

فنجد الكاتب يبدأ بفصول عن تاريخ الأعد
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Dr. M
Feb 24, 2016 Dr. M rated it it was amazing
Any level-headed individual in today's society needs some basic understanding of the cosmos around him, because even in the twenty-first century there are creationists and "Flat-earth Societies" that wean credulous minds away from reason. As one proceeds to gain this knowledge one's own inadequacies in certain fundamentals like the concept of infinity pose impediments across the path. What Gamow does in his inimitable style is to make complex problems appear simple so that all such impediments v ...more
Nickdepenpan123
May 31, 2013 Nickdepenpan123 rated it really liked it
Seems that this book inspired many young people (of the not so young past) to find out more about science or become scientists and I can see why, it's well written, well organised and very informative.

Science books get old fast, yet I read this sixty years after its first publication and I find it better than other more modern books in similar topics.

The style may be a bit dated, and some theories have been proven wrong (i.e. the shape of the universe) but topics on relativity, quantum physics,
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Ilya
Jan 01, 2014 Ilya rated it it was amazing
This popular science book by a distinguished physicist touches on topics from curved spacetime and the structure of the atom to elementary particles and the Big Bang, with a foray into biochemistry and genetics. There has been a lot more progress in biology than in physics in the 53 years since it was written, so for biology another whole such book would be needed, but as far as I can tell, the physics part still holds basically true. The few needed corrections that I noticed are that the CNO cy ...more
Gary
Nov 12, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
Great book. To be completely honest, I haven't read the whole thing. I pick it up and put it down again, depending on my mood. The first chapters about numbers and how we learned to count were GREAT. Especially the section on the different sizes of infinity. Clearly explained and fun to think about.

Some of it seems a bit dated, and that is perfectly ok. For a science book to be this old and still in print is a testament to how good it is. It is a fun book, and it has pictures. I like books with
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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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