New World of Mr. Tompkins

ISBN-10: 0521639921

ISBN-13: 9780521639927

Edition: 3rd 2001 (Revised)

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Mr Tompkins is back!The mild-mannered bank clerk with the short attention span and vivid imagination has inspired, charmed and informed young and old alike since the publication of the hugely successful Mr Tompkins in Paperback (by George Gamow) in 1965. He is now back in a new set of adventures exploring the extreme edges of the universe - the smallest, the largest, the fastest, the farthest. Through his experiences and his dreams, you are there at Mr Tompkins shoulder watching and taking part in the merry dance of cosmic mysteries: Einsteins relativity, bizarre effects near light-speed, the birth and death of the universe, black holes, quarks, space warps and antimatter, the fuzzy world of the quantum, and that ultimate cosmic mystery of all ... love. This new text is revised, updated and expanded by best-selling popular-science author Russell Stannard (who wrote the much-acclaimed Uncle Albert series of books for children).
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Book details

List price: $34.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/6/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Born in Odessa, Russia, George Gamow, the son of a teacher, studied at the University of Leningrad, becoming professor of physics in 1931. He emigrated to the United States in 1933 and taught at George Washington University (1934-56) and at the University of Colorado (1956-68). His scientific work covered many fields, mostly related to nuclear physics. In the field of molecular biology, Gamow suggested the triplet mechanism for coding DNA. He and his associate Ralph Alpher developed a detailed model of the early stages of cosmic evolution in the "big bang" theory. Although Gamow's basic assumption that the primordial universe contained only neutrons was incorrect, this assumption stimulated a great deal of subsequent work in cosmology. Gamow wrote 30 popular books on astronomy, physics, and related sciences. In his "Mr. Tompkins" series (one of the most famous), Gamow used the figure of a curious, interested bank clerk as a protagonist for various journeys into quantum physics and gravity. His sense of humor is evident in his books and in his scientific career. For example, one of the key papers on the "big bang" theory is called the alpha-beta-gamma paper. In 1956, UNESCO awarded Gamow the Kalinga Prize for science writing.

Russell Stannard is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the Open University. He has travelled widely in Europe and the USA, researching high energy nuclear physics. He has received the Templeton UK project award and spent a year in America as a visiting fellow at the Center of Theological Theory, Princeton. He was awarded an OBE for services to physics and the popularisation of science. Married with four children of his own and three stepchildren, he vividly remembers the excitement of discovering Einstein's theories for the first time and he is dedicated to passing this inspiration on to new generations. The Time and Space of Uncle Albert was shortlisted for both the Science Award and the Whitbread Award, and his books have been translated into seventeen different languages.

Reviser's Foreword
Gamow's Preface to Mr Tompkins in Paperback
City Speed Limit
The Professor's Lecture on Relativity which Caused Mr Tompkins's Dream
Mr Tompkins takes a Holiday
The Notes of the Professor's Lecture on Curved Space
Mr Tompkins Visits a Closed Universe
Cosmic Opera
Black Holes, Heat Death, and Blow Torch
Quantum Snooker
The Quantum Safari
Maxwell's Demon
The Merry Tribe of Electrons
The Remainder of the Previous Lecture through which Mr Tompkins Dozed
Inside the Nucleus
The Woodcarver
Holes in Nothing
Visiting the 'Atom Smasher'
The Professor's Last Lecture
Epilogue
Glossary
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