Tompkins, readers discover and come to know the merry dance of cosmic mysteries, including: Einstein's theory of relativity, bizarre effects near light-speed, the birth and death of the universe, black holes, quarks, space warps and antimatter, the fuzzy world of the quantum, and that ultimate cosmic mystery--love.
The story of Mr. Tompkins' journey to the frontiers of modern physics will delight and inform all readers. Russell Stannard is a best-selling popular science writer and the author of the critically acclaimed Uncle Albert series of science books for children. Mr Tompkins takes a Holiday. Mr Tompkins Visits a Closed Universe. The Merry Tribe of Electrons. Visiting the Atom Smasher.
The Professors Last Lecture. The Natural Laws of the Universe: The overarching narrative was cute too, and made the whole thing feel Very cool, cute book. The overarching narrative was cute too, and made the whole thing feel a little more like a novel, which was nice. I also thought the book really stuck to what the average person well, the averagely nerdy person such as myself would find interesting and didn't stray into fields of science that became dry and irrelevant.
So; pretty good overall. Sep 04, Brian rated it it was ok.
A lot of the fun and charm of the original was lost in this politically correct update. Don't expect this a book easy to read. I found many teams I needed to reread a couple of pages back because I felt I wasn't getting an important concept. The final part on the Standard Model current theory on quantum mechanics is full of terms that look very similar to me.
But this is a great book. It presents in understandable way, an overview of the current state of physics, including relativity, quantum mechanics and Big Bang. It doesn't require a high level of "classic" Physics. The main is Don't expect this a book easy to read. The main issue would be that I ended up with the feeling that the Standard Model is loosely similar to candle trading in stock markets: Maybe we've reached the point there is nothing to explain. This reworking of a classic work of popular science is well put together and engaging.
I can not comment on the differences between this and earlier iterations like Mr.
It explains various concepts in physics using fanciful examples to give one a qualitative feel for some of the implications, very little of the precise math or the like is conveyed although an equation or two pop up. Some parts are just straightforward exposition of physics and may drag a little, but overal This reworking of a classic work of popular science is well put together and engaging. Some parts are just straightforward exposition of physics and may drag a little, but overall it achieves a good mix of readability and informativeness.
Aug 29, Alecsphys rated it it was amazing. Really an enjoyable reading! You can move from relativity theories to quantum mechanics and particle physics in a smooth way.
It should be a reading for high level school and and undergraduate students. Really nice is the way the physical properties of the matter are introduced, like electric charge and nuclear isospin. Sep 16, Peter Jones rated it really liked it. My wife got it from the library for my son and I to read together, thinking it would be similar to the Uncle Albert books.
It was quickly obvious it was written to an adult audience, so I've continued reading it on my own. I especially liked the chapter on antimatter - it stretched me at first, but eventually gave me a perspective I've either never seen or never understood before. Oct 11, Nina Selezneva rated it it was amazing. Wonderful pop science accessible to all audiences.
Jun 29, Harshit Tabyal rated it really liked it. It covers topics mostly from quantum physics and one or two chapter are on relativity. It is a excellent book for layman who wants to know about these subjects. Concepts are explained through funny and entertaining adventures of Mr Tompkins. You won't understand the concepts of quantum physics in entirety otherwise there would be no need for university education but still it presents before you pretty good picture of things. If you want to understand concepts quantum physics like a proper scient It covers topics mostly from quantum physics and one or two chapter are on relativity.
If you want to understand concepts quantum physics like a proper scientist, college level mathematics is a must. But for lay guys, beginners, school students This revised edition of Original Book "Mr Tompkins in paperback". Some new chapters are added and some politically incorrect writing is reworked Jun 24, Jenny rated it really liked it. After reading about George Gamow earlier this year, I wanted to go back and reread some of his Mr. This updated edition was available through the public library.
A worthwhile read even if you have already the knowledge on these issues. It's really nice to have ideas like that made accessible and even entertaining. Physics took a giant leap at the junction of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries … the book deals very well with the more recent developments and Mr Tompkins' visit to a particle accelerator is well described. This is a great update to a classic book. Lloyd Ilker rated it it was amazing Jan 19, This book has been cited by the following publications.
It retains many of Gamow's original stories and the lyrics and music to the Cosmic Opera written by his wife. It does not contain many of the more dated and sexist references from the original and updates the physics to what was known and accepted in More importantly, reading this book reminded me of reading my f After reading about George Gamow earlier this year, I wanted to go back and reread some of his Mr. More importantly, reading this book reminded me of reading my father's copies of the original Mr.
Tompkins books when I was in junior high. Jun 03, John rated it really liked it Shelves: I got a bit weary toward the end and just like the Mr. Situated in a strategic position, the young country of Pakistan soon found itselfthe focus of world attention, especially after the Soviet invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan. The author, at the time Pakistan's ambassador to the US, was intimately involved in forging a joint strategy in one of the great geo-political battles of the s - the effort to expel the Soviet army from Afghanistan.
The author paints a vivid picture of the hectic behind the scenes efforts which culminated in the Geneva Accord in and subsequent withdrawal of Soviet forces. Jamsheed Marker has juxtaposed events in Pakistan concurrently with each of his ambassadorial assignments. This not only provides a link and continuous thread to the narrative but also contains the author's impressions of the Pakistani leaders under whom he served.
He has recorded all his impressions with candour and recalls his friendships not only with eminent writers, artists and musicians of all nationalities, but also with the common citizens of the countries in which he served. The book is a valuable account of the art of diplomacy, as practised by an expert over a long period of time. This volume - in the Themes in Politics series - focuses on the relationship between language culture and politics power at the social, political, historical, cultural, and ideological levels.
It explains the conceptual and historical unfolding of this relationship between and It also expands newer areas and frontiers of research and critical thinking by drawing attention to readings from different disciplines and perspectives. The essays have been thematically arranged to illustrate the rich diversity of issues and arguments. The plurality and methodologicalinnovativeness is reflected in the selection of readings and their novel ways of interpreting the language question.
The major highlights of this volume are India's linguistic diversity and its political predicament; linguistic states formation in independent India; Indian Constitution and thelanguage question; linguistic minorities; and language and education. City speed limit; 2.
Mr Tompkins takes a holiday; 4. Mr Tompkins visits a closed universe; 6. Black holes, heat death and blow torch; 8. The quantum safari; The merry tribe of electrons; Inside the nucleus; Holes in nothing; It is absolutely the best place to get a feel for the most important scientific ideas of the 20th century. It is also a perfect way to get to visual grips with relativity theory and quantum mechanics.