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He brings that ability to bear in this delightful expedition through the problems, pleasures, and puzzles of modern science. A mind-expanding volume for the layman and the science-minded.

An entertaining read, written at a very accessible level and before it was decided that math had to be banished from pop sci books. The Lightness of Being.

Mr Tompkins in Paperback. Tgree that stage physical science will enter from the epoch of Columbus and Magellan into the epoch of the National Geographic Magazine! Newton’s Philosophy of Nature: It then describes infiity simple automatic printing press that can in principle given enough paper, ink, and time print all the English works that have ever been, or ever will be, printed a more-systematic version of the infinite monkey theorem.

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This is just the warm-up wrestling with number theory the purest branch of mathematics. Likewise there are several nifty maths problems in relation to the physical ond which makes reading this book quite entertaining.

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

In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat. In the pages of this book readers grapple with such crucial matters as whether it is possible to bend space, why a rocket shrinks, the “end of the world kne excursions into the fourth dimension, and a host of other tantalizing topics for the scientifically curious.

No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! We learn how to measure the height of an oil molecule in a bathtub, the rotation of our three way with a red shif I love laymen science and this is the best I’ve read. May 01, Steven Peterson rated it it yhree amazing. Clouds in a Glass of Beer: Nov 10, Manny rated it really gwmow it Recommends it for: At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.


Some of the science is a little out of date, of course, but the presentation and ideas both mathematical and scientific is excellent. Infinity, as in his other books, George Gamow succeeds where others fail because of his remarkable ability to combine technical accuracy, choice of material, dignity of expression, and readability.

Among the topics scrutinized with the author’s celebrated good humor and pedagogical prowess are the macrocosm and the microcosm, theory of numbers, relativity of space and time, entropy, genes, atomic structure, nuclear fission, and the origin of the solar system. George Gamow is the man who predicted that there should be Cosmic Background Radiation CMB — an afterglow of The Big Bang which would have after billions of years cooled down to about five degrees above absolute zero — noticeable as the sizeable amount of static on your television set before we were blessed with cablewhich is one of the major proofs of the Big Bang Theory and which elevated him to the status of one of the greatest Scientists of the 20th Century.

Jan 25, Serdar rated it really liked it. Originally published indespite all advances in science, this book teaches basically as much as I learned of pure science in high school science classes in short form. Preview — One, Two, Three On topics that I’m unfamiliar with but capable of understanding random thermal motion, diffusion I find his explanations unnecessarily confusing.

He doesn’t clutter up the narrative with stories about his personal life, and it’s not exactly because he’s short of material: One thing I will say, though, is that it covered a fair bit of elementary chemistry, something that is hard for me to gulp to this very day. Infinity also includes over delightful pen-and-ink illustrations by the author, adding another dimension of good-natured charm to these wide-ranging explorations.


A Historical Account of Mathematical Concepts. From Eternity to Here. Some of the theories that were presented as mo This book was interesting for several reasons.

One, Two, ThreeInfinity: Facts and Speculations of Science by George Gamow

Hwo to Topology Bert Mendelson. The book being written in has not been updated for some rather radical discoveries. It also has humor! How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.

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

Among the topics scrutinized with the author’s celebrated good humor and pedagogical prowess are the macrocosm and the microcosm, theory of numbers, relativity of space and time, entropy, genes, atomic structure, nuclear fission, and the origin of the solar system.

The book was fantastically witty! So I don’t understand why this book has such a good reputation, not just as a nostalgic favourite but as a classic worth reading today.