- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Dover Publications; Auflage: Revised ed. (21. August 1989)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0486256642
- ISBN-13: 978-0486256641
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 14 x 21 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 11 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 31.648 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (Dover Books on Mathematics) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 21. August 1989
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Modern Science Made Easy
By one of the leading physicists of the twentieth century, George Gamow's One, Two, Three Infinity is one of the most memorable popular books on physics, mathematics, and science generally ever written, famous for having, directly or indirectly, launched the academic and/or scientific careers of many young people whose first real encounter with the wonders and mysteries of mathematics and science was through reading this book as a teenager. Untypically for popular science books, this one is enhanced by the author's own delightful sketches. Reviewers were enthusiastic when One, Two, Three Infinity was published in 1947.
In the Author's Own Words:
"If and when all the laws governing physical phenomena are finally discovered, and all the empirical constants occurring in these laws are finally expressed through the four independent basic constants, we will be able to say that physical science has reached its end, that no excitement is left in further explorations, and that all that remains to a physicist is either tedious work on minor details or the self-educational study and adoration of the magnificence of the completed system. At that stage physical science will enter from the epoch of Columbus and Magellan into the epoch of the National Geographic Magazine!" George Gamow
Critical Acclaim for One, Two, Three Infinity
"This skillful presentation is for the non-professional and professional scientist. It will broaden the knowledge of each and give the imagination wide play." Chemistry and Engineering News
"A stimulating and provocative book for the science-minded layman." Kirkus Reviews
"This is a layman's book as readable as a historical novel, but every chapter bears the solid imprint of authoritative research." San Francisco Chronice
"George Gamow succeeds where others fail because of his remarkable ability to combine technical accuracy, choice of material, dignity of expression, and readability." Saturday Review of Literature"
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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.
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.
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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My husband is a scientist and he has deeply enjoyed the book, even if in some field the panorama has changed.Veröffentlicht am 20. März 2013 von elecita
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... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2003 von Palle E T Jorgensen
I read the Chinese version of this book in China when I was 15. It gave me so much inspiration and courage for science and this changed my life dramatically. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 15. Januar 2000 von X.W.
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. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 10. August 1999 veröffentlicht