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My Imaginary Kid Brother, Mr. Tompkins 21. Februar 2013
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I am simply delighted to have the new edition of "Mr. Tompkins in Paper Back" by George Gamow available for sale.

My father, George Gamow, created the lovable character Mr. Tompkins in 1938, when I was only three! So in a very real sense I am the older brother of Mr. Tompkins. I was an only child and did not need to create an imaginary friend as many lonely children do- father had created a friend for me.

My father and my mother Rho escaped from the Soviet Union in 1933 and in 1934 my father became a full professor of physics at George Washington University, at the tender age of 30. As luck would have it, father was invited in 1956 to become a professor of physics at the University of Colorado where I joined the department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences in 1967. Father died in 1968, so for one year we were both professors at the same university, which I believe was and still is quite a unique situation.

In 1965 Cambridge University Press combined two of father's earliest Tompkins books, Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland and Mr. Tompkins Explores the Atom, into a single book entitled Mr. Tompkins in Paper Back. As I had mentioned earlier Mr. Tompkins was really my imaginary kid brother, a character that inspired many a high school student to study physics. Literally dozens of visitors to CU, seeing my name over my office door, attested to that.

Just recently rereading father's two books I am stunned how timeless his little books really are and I also understand how he inspired a new generation of physicists. Roger Penrose wrote, in his foreword to Mr. Tompkins in Paperback, how Mr. Tompkins inspired him to go into physics.

Father's books have recently inspired me to create a new series of Mr. Tompkins books, actually a series of comic books illustrated by Scorpio Steele, "The Adventures of Mr. Tompkins" in which Mr. Tompkins associates not only with physicists but scientists from all the disciplines. Today's science is a pretty serious business and it is really a breath of fresh air to follow Mr. Tompkins on his pretty silly and outlandish journeys visiting great scientists, both past and present.

Igor Gamow
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amazing read 14. Mai 2012
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fantastic layman introduction to complex modern physics concepts from theory of relativity, Quantum mechanics! A must read for physics enthusiast...
Charming guide to 20th century physics 5. Juli 2014
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George Gamow's book "Mr. Tomkins in Paperback" is a classic book for those interested in 20th century physics. It was a recommended read for those who studied physics in the 1980s and has served me well ever since. The drawings are charming and the story of Mr. Tomkins, the professor and his daughter are interwoven with the fundamental concepts of modern physics. It's a bit dated and some of the ideas have changed or developed since it was written but on the whole it remains a valid and useful book. If you thought physics was boring or difficult this might change your mind.
A great way to entice interest in physics 4. Juni 2014
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The adventures Mr. Tompkins experiences in his dream world is an exciting way to examine the phenomenon that take place at the very large and the very small.
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This Explains Physics? 19. April 2013
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Supposedly enlightening; mainly obscure & irrelevant. Quite disappointing. I was expecting to get some insight into physics as applied to everyday occurrences. Instead, the examples are of unordinary and boring events.
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