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  • Date Published: June 2013
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  • isbn: 9781139632355

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  • Mr Tompkins has become known and loved by many thousands of readers (since his first appearance over fifty years ago) as the bank clerk whose fantastic dreams and adventures lead him into a world inside the atom. George Gamow's classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in modern physics, from atomic structure to relativity, and quantum theory to fusion and fission. Roger Penrose's new foreword introduces Mr Tompkins to a new generation of readers, and reviews his adventures in the light of current developments in physics today.

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    'Not only entertaining; the ordinary reader can learn from it a great deal about sub-atomic particles, electrons, neutrons and the rest, and the strange rules which govern their behaviour.' The Observer

    'Will vastly fascinate the whimsical, and is also entirely scientific.' Scientific American

    'Enthusiastically recommended to both scientific and general readers.' The Guardian

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    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139632355
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. City speed limit
    2. The Professor's lecture on relativity which caused Mr. Tompkins's dream
    3. Mr. Tompkins takes a holiday
    4. The Professor's lecture on curved space, gravity and the universe
    5. The pulsating universe
    6. Cosmic opera
    7. Quantum billiards
    8. Quantum jungles
    9. Maxwell's demon
    10. The gay tribe of electrons
    10. 1/2. A part of the previous lecture which Mr Tompkins slept through
    12. Inside the nucleus
    13. The wood carver
    14. Holes in nothing
    15. Mr Tompkins tastes a Japanese meal.

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    George Gamow

    Foreword

    Roger Penrose

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