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Some 60 years ago physicist Gamow conceived the notion of presenting scientific ideas to the layperson through the medium of a fictional character, C.G.H. Tompkins, "a bank clerk interested in modern science." (Tompkins's initials derive from three fundamental physical constants: c, the velocity of light; G, the gravitational constant; and h, the quantum constant.) Gamow produced two popular books featuring Tompkins and then combined them in Mr. Tompkins in Paperback. Now science writer Stannard presents a considerably revised version of that book. Tompkins is still a willing if rather dim learner in his associations with a physicist identified only as "the professor." Gamow and Stannard, through the professor and his daughter, Maud (who marries Tompkins in chapter 10), deal with such concepts as relativity, quantum theory and the structure of the atom. The reader will get both entertainment and plenty of information about modern physics and astrophysics.
EDITORS OF SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"[Mr. Tompkins's] adventures and mishaps illuminate in startling fashion the oddities of relativity and quantum theory. Much loved by physics students a generation ago, Mr. Tompkins now embarks on some new escapades, courtesy of coauthor Stannard, who updated the original tales and added illustrations in Gamow's appealingly simple style." Science News
"This revision makes Mr Tompkins not only more accessible to the present generation of both scientists and nonscientists, but more in tune with current science and sensibilities." Science Books and Films
"The best just got better....It is absolutely the best place to get a feel for the most important scientific ideas of the 20th century. It is also a perfect way to get to visual grips with relativity theory and quantum mechanics." The Independent
"The real measure of Stannard is that the new material is covered comprehensibily and in a style that matches the original." The Times Higher Education Supplement
"The best just got better...It is absolutely the best place to get a feel for the most important scientific ideas of the 20th century. It is also a perfect way to get to visual grips with relativity theory and quantum mechanics." The Independent
"The reader will get both entertainment and plenty of information about modern physics." Scientific American
"...a lovely book which I am sure everyone interested in modern physics, from the age of eleven upwards, will enjoy enormously." Nature
"If newcomers who have not seen the original read the book, they will find a charming, whimsical introduction to modern physics...The New World...is a unique book." Physics Today
Awesome analogies and story telling style physics concepts. Loved itPublished 10 months ago by Flowersandjeans
I was a freshman the first time I read about Mr Tompkins. Ten years later, I decided to buy it. It is a funny and enjoyable way to explain modern physics.Published 16 months ago by RegularCustomer
I really loved this book, and keep finding stuff in it every time I re-read it. If you're a Physics major (like me), or just a physics enthousiast, this book is a must read, as it... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ignacio Loaiza G
This piece of rag was rewritten to make it "politically correct" i.e. filled with stannard's political view. Read morePublished 20 months ago by C. Lee
A physics professor turned me onto the book and it's been helpful in learning to understand physics. I'm enjoying it.Published on September 22, 2013 by mary woodfossen
This book is intended for the general people. Prof. Gamow gives beatiful descriptions about quantum phenomena that ocurr in the atom, the nucleus as well as in solids. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by WWII Reader
It is as a Christmas gift I sent to my nephew. He very likes it. I feel so good also.Published on January 13, 2013 by Zuoyun Gao