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5.0 von 5 Sternen You want your 10-year-old to win a Nobel prize some day?, 1. August 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (Dover Books on Mathematics) (Taschenbuch)
Then give her this book! It seems that almost all the reviewers had the same experience: we read this book at an early age, and it was so fascinating, so inspiring, and so magical that it directed us into math and science for the rest of our lives. In my case the book was loaned to me when I was about 12, by my best friend's father. As a result, when I wrote MY first math book (which cannot begin to compare with Gamow's!) thirty-five years later, I dedicated it to my friend's father in gratitude. The book explains how mathematics and science really works, in language which a young person with an eighth grade education can understand. Everyone thinks it takes a genius to understand relativity, but there are lots of fifteen-year-olds walking around with a decent understanding of Special Relativity simply because they read this book.
But don't be misled into thinking this book is just for young people. It's for anyone who thirsts for knowledge and understanding, anyone who realizes that it doesn't require an alien life form to understand physics and math. Gamow discusses some of the great unsolved problems in mathematics (at least two of which - the four-color problem and Fermat's Last Theorem - have been solved since the book was written), the theory of relativity, the usefulness of imaginary numbers (square roots of negatives), geometry of more than three dimensions, and many other topics which most people think are accessible only to those anointed with stratospheric IQ's. But Gamow's writing is so clear and entertaining that you'll come away wondering why EVERYBODY doesn't understand those topics.
A particularly vivid memory I have of the book is Gamow's demonstration that there are different sizes of infinity. He didn't originate the idea, of course; it was first thought of by a mathematician named Georg Cantor. But once again Gamow makes the mathematics so clear and accessible that I was enthralled. You will be too.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The book that introduced me to the wonders of science, 16. April 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (Dover Books on Mathematics) (Taschenbuch)
I read this book long long ago (30 years) in a place far far away (in Chenappady, India where I was born and raised). I was in high school and Prof. Gamow introduced me to the wonders of science - everything from Fermat's last theorem to the theory of relativity to the stars and galaxies and atoms and electrons. This book influenced my career choices; it taught me to look up and wonder, to sit down and think, and to appreciate the wonders of science and the greatness of the minds of the scientists who explored and invented and dreamed up science and math. I read the book from cover to cover again recently, and I still loved it! Thank you Prof. Gamow.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A nice introduction to Science and Math, 22. November 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (Dover Books on Mathematics) (Taschenbuch)
This book was written, thank god, before physics got so esoteric that it started sounding like metaphysics+philosophy, and the only thing that kept it physics was that math was still involved a bit. It clearly explains a lot of concepts clearly, but its not a baby book either. The book is fun to read, never boring and wide-ranging. Gamow has written other good books eplaining elementary relativity and quantum mechanics to the mostly layman, such as his 'Mr. Thompkins' series, which I loved. I hope that other athors can try to explain concepts so clearly and lucidly, in a friendly manner without sounding overbearing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The inspiration for scores of scientific careers, 6. März 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (Dover Books on Mathematics) (Taschenbuch)
George Gamow tends to get forgotten these days. He died some time ago, and his books are now over forty years old. Some, like his history of 20th century physics, may seem a bit dated in light of the discoveries since then.
Yet there's still magic in these pages. Gamow was one of the greatest of 20th century physicists, and at the same time, a great teacher whose passion for the sheer fun of math and science was communicated in his books, whether explaining the wonders of infinite series, or how to locate a hidden pirate's treasure chest using imaginary numbers. Unlike a lot of modern poipular science writers, Gamow didn't shy away from showing you the math- but he could explain in a way that even an elementary school child could understand.
A wonderful book for the child or adult who isn't afraid to think.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A grand tour of science by a master, 21. September 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (Dover Books on Mathematics) (Taschenbuch)
I'm happy to join the list of reviewers who owe something personal to this marvelous book. As a liberal arts undergraduate in 1955, I borrowed "1,2,3..." from my physics-major roomate. I liked it so much that he kindly gave me his copy. Its influence contributed to my later decision to become an engineer, and marked the beginning of my lifelong interest in science.
On recently re-reading the 1961 edition, I was impressed all over again by Gamow's friendly, conversational, agenda-free style. Since he never talks down, never hand-waves, and always goes straight to the essence of a topic, this decades-old book still seems fresh and contemporary. And yes, the dry, slightly pixilated humor still works.
I once met a man who had taken a course from Gamow at the University of Colorado. He said he would never forget the sight of the professor careening around campus in an open convertible -- in the middle of January!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating conversational intro to relativity and such, 15. April 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (Dover Books on Mathematics) (Taschenbuch)
I first read this book when I was thirteen and recently rediscovered it. Written in a conversational tone with many anecdotal illustrations, it is a fun introduction to math concepts, spatial math, relativity and similar matters. Not simple, but not hard either - it would be enjoyed by mathematically inclined teens or adults who have forgotten a lot of what we learned in high school and college.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Precursor to "Godel, Escher, Bach", 19. November 1998
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This book changed my life! I wore out one copy and the second copy is showing wear also. This book led me to a life in mathematics and computer science and a 30 year teaching career. Hofstadter's "Godel, Escher, Bach" has become my more recent fount of wisdom and speculation, but I still reread "1,2,3 ..." from time to time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good explanation of a complex subject, 10. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (Dover Books on Mathematics) (Taschenbuch)
I read this book some four years back. That was the first time when I could visualize time as a fourth dimension. It made it very easy. From there on I have been reading several other books on similar topics. Truly an inspiring book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book, 20. März 2013
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My husband is a scientist and he has deeply enjoyed the book, even if in some field the panorama has changed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A start in science., 7. März 2003
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (Dover Books on Mathematics) (Taschenbuch)
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. 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. Do more Dover!
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