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Mr Tompkins in Paperback (Canto) Paperback – 26 Mar 1993
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'Not only entertaining; the ordinary reader can learn from it a great deal about sub-atomic particles, electrons, neutrons and the rest, and the strange rules which govern their behaviour.' The Observer
'Will vastly fascinate the whimsical, and is also entirely scientific.' Scientific American
'Enthusiastically recommended to both scientific and general readers.' The Guardian
George Gamow's classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in modern physics, from atomic structure to relativity, and quantum theory to fusion and fission. Roger Penrose's new foreword introduces Mr Tompkins to a new generation of readers, and reviews his adventures in the light of current developments in physics today.See all Product description
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In the intervening years, I have loaned my copy of this book to others who, despite know formal knowledge of the quantum principles explained here, wanted to understand that concept better. It has always taken a long time for the book to be returned as they have read it from cover to cover.
Admittedly some of the writing style makes this feel a little quaint and old-fashioned these days and for this reason, I feel it now falls short of a 5 star review. However, as an introduction to topics that are still quite challenging for new students, I don't think the stories in this book have been bettered elsewhere.