am 4. Juli 2015
Ich wußte gar nicht, dass Gamow auch "halb populärwissenschaftliche" Bücher verfasst hat. Er stellt die Grundprinzipien und Probleme der Gravitation und ihre Auswirkungen auf unsere Welt kurz, knapp und verständlich dar. Interessant ist sein Ansatz, die Phänomene fast rein über die Mathematik zu erklären - deshalb nur "halb populärwissenschaftlich". Wenn man in der Schule schon mal etwas über Differential- und Integralrechnung gehört hat (und auch die wird von Gamow noch einmal sehr verständlich wiederholt) und sich von Mathe nicht gleich abschrecken lässt, kann man ihm gut durch den Text folgen und viele Sachen jetzt einmal grundsätzlich verstehen. Klasse!
I did not know that Gamow had written "semi-popular science" books. He explains basic principles and problems of gravity and their effects on our world - pretty short and understandable. I found it interesting that he explained most of it via the mathematic of gravity - that's why I called it "semi-popular". But if you learned a bit about calculus at school (and even that is repeated and explained by Gamow) and you aren't afraid of a bit of math you can follow him well through his text and you can finally understand a few things that might have puzzled you for a while. Great!
am 9. März 2003
A lovely reprinted Dover edition of a peral from Gamow. The original 1962 edition has been out of print for a number of years. This 2003 edition has added commentary and a fascinating bio of Gamow. He was born in Odessa, in what was then Russia, --before the Soviet Union. The story of his escape to the West is straight out of a thriller. Only it is real! Gamow was referred to by a journalist, some time during the Cold War, as "the only scientist in America with a real sense of humor". He can take the most technical stuff and make it simple. Fun too! The book:--Intellectual treats, whimsy, but deep. Illustrated with lovely drawings by Gamow himself. Much of it can be understood by a child, and other parts might require a little concentration. All of it is great fun. The author Gamow started in nuclear physics, during the Golden Age of Physics, worked with Niels Bohr, then later in the US, on the Manhattan Project during WWII, and after the war, he was professor in Boulder Colorado. He has a building on campus named after him! The books he wrote are pearls, and they have been equally popular with my parent's generation as with mine. Luckely some have been reprinted! Other Gamow titles: Biography of Physics, Atomic Energy [dedicated to the hope of lasting peace], Physics of the Strapless Evning Gown,...We are lucky that Dover has reprinted some of them. Gamow's list of scientific accomplishments includes a 1948 landmark paper on the origin of chemical elements, the Big Bang model, and later work with F. Crick on DNA and genetic coding.-- Do more Gamow editions, Dover!