This book is Gamow at his best, which means the very best in science for the layman Library JournalWidely recognized as one of the 20th century s foremost physicists, George Gamow was also an unusually capable popularizer of science His talents are vividly revealed in this exciting and penetrating explanation of how the central laws of physical science evolved from Pythagoras discovery of frequency ratios in the 6th century B.C to today s research on elementary particles.Unlike many books on physics which focus entirely on fact and theory with little or no historic detail, the present work incorporates fascinating personal and biographical data about the great physicists of past and present Thus Dr Gamow discusses on an equal basis the trail of Galileo and the basic laws of mechanics which he discovered, or gives his personal recollections about Niels Bohr along with detailed discussion of Bohr s atomic model You ll also find revealing glimpses of Newton, Huygens, Heisenberg, Pauli, Einstein, and many other immortals of science.Each chapter is centered around a single great figure, or at most two, with other physicists of the era and their contributions forming a background Major topics include the dawn of physics, the Dark Ages and the Renaissance, Newtonian physics, heat as energy, electricity, the relativistic revolution, quantum theory, and the atomic nucleus and elementary particles.As Dr Gamow points out in the Preface, the aim of this book is to give the reader the feeling of what physics is, and what kind of people physicists are This delightfully informal approach, combined with the book s clear, easy to follow explanations, will especially appeal to young readers but will stimulate and entertain science enthusiasts of all ages 1961 edition The whole thing is a tour de force covering all the important landmarks Guardian...
|Title||:||The Great Physicists from Galileo to Einstein (Biography of Physics)|
|Publisher||:||Dover Publications Inc Auflage New ed 17 Dezember 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||338 Seiten|
|File Size||:||662 KB|
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The Great Physicists from Galileo to Einstein (Biography of Physics) Reviews
I have read a fair amount of books on physics and found this one to be very enjoyable. Gamow keeps things pretty simple (until the end when he starts talking about his specialty) and very accessible. He is careful that the math is sequential; he always builds on previous examples to take you to the next step. The book was published in the 60's, so there are many recent discoveries missing, but you need to know your history of physics to see how we got where we are. In fact, I found that this book showed just how new all of our current theories are and that there is promise for many new things on the horizon.
We live in the early stages of the big bang of scientific knowledge, and this book is an account of that big bang itself. Now, many people can tell stories, but rare is the combination of a master storyteller with a world-class physicist. Gamow is such a rarity. Known sometimes as the ordinary genius (see book: Ordinary Geniuses) he interacted with the extraordinary geniuses of his time, but more importantly he had the intellectual capacity to understand those extraordinary geniuses whose stories he tells in this book.
After reading Mr.Thompkins in Wonderland in my tender youth, far back, this was the most enlightening introduction to Physics and physicists I ever came across with. Gamow was a fantastic story teller, imaginative but precise. His hand drawn illustrations, that greatly enrich the two books, are both naive and powerful. The same with the lively personal stories and anedoctes involving the great physicists of all times, including many of the first half of the past century, many of whom he knew personaly, on friendly terms.He was also one of them, on scientific stature.I often come back to Gamow, to refresh some of my memories, as if I had the privilege of possessing an immortal grandfather.
Gamow has long be revered as one of the original science "popularizers"--mostly because of his lucid and well trimmed writing style. This book is no different and it has the added bonus that Gamow actually knew most of the modern physicists--starting with Einstein--personally. It is worth buying for the great "kayak problem" in the relativity chapter alone, but has a wide range of different interesting tidbits, biographical information, and of course physics in Gamow's distinctive way. Well worth a read, especially for only $10.
A fascinating insight into the physicists who took physics from natural philosophy to a mathematical science to front page headlines. Imperative for any student of science and highly recommeded for the layperson interested in science.
Love this book! My niece raved about this gift.