One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (Dover Books on Mathematics)

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One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (Dover Books on Mathematics) Author George Gamow
ISBN-10 0486256642
ISBN-13 9780486256641
Year 1988-09-01
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Dover Publications
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full of intellectual treats and tricks of whimsy and deep scientific philosophy It is highbrow entertainment at its best a teasing challenge to all who aspire to think about the universe NewYork Herald TribuneOne of the world s foremost nuclear physicists celebrated for his theory of radioactive decay among other accomplishments George Gamow possessed the unique ability of making the world of science accessible to the general reader He brings that ability to bear in this delightful expedition through the problems pleasures and puzzles of modern science Among the topics scrutinized with the author s celebrated good humor and pedagogical prowess are the macrocosm and the microcosm theory of numbers relativity of space and time entropy genes atomic structure nuclear fission and the origin of the solar system In the pages of this book readers grapple with such crucial matters as whether it is possible to bend space why a rocket shrinks the end of the world problem excursions into the fourth dimension and a host of other tantalizing topics for the scientifically curious Brimming with amusing anecdotes and provocative problems One Two Three Infinity also includes over 120 delightful pen and ink illustrations by the author adding another dimension of good natured charm to these wide ranging explorations Whatever your level of scientific expertise chances are you ll derive a great deal of pleasure stimulation and information from this unusual and imaginative book It belongs in the library of anyone curious about the wonders of the scientific universe In One Two Three Infinity as in his other books George Gamow succeeds where others fail because of his remarkable ability to combine technical accuracy choice of material dignity of expression and readability SaturdayReview ofLiterature

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