Thirty Years that Shook Physics has ratings and 26 reviews. “Dr. Gamow, physicist and gifted writer, has sketched an intriguing portrait of the scientists. Thirty years that shook physics: the story of quantum theory Somewhat amusing to hear Gamow refer to the next generation of theoretical physicists ( Feynman. “”Dr. Gamow, physicist and gifted writer, has sketched an intriguing portrait of the scientists and clashing ideas that made the quantum.

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We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Gamow’s drawings are charming and he writes well and at the right level. The Faust play at the end is entertaining for physics enthusiasts, even if it is somewhat lacking as a play overall. I had to repeatedly remind myself to forget what I know about the atom today so I can walk through the discovery process as I read through the book.

PaperbackFirst Dover Editionpages. Gamow, physicist and gifted writer, has sketched an intriguing portrait of the scientists and clashing ideas that made the quantum revolution. Fascinating history showing the personalities of many of my scientific heroes! PauliDe Broglie, W. May 27, Shant Kenderian rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read it when I was 15 yrs old and the stories and the physics! The Complete Book of Holograms: I had a good laugh when reading about Pauli’s very funny third principle of things breaking down in laboratories in the presence of theoretical physicists.


But Gamow was not the playwright, and decided to just add it for entertainment purposes at the end, so I cannot criticize him for that. I loved this book as a physicist with solid knowledge of quantum theory. From inside the book. Consequently he can expatiate on working habits and idiosyncrasies as well as theories.

His scientific work covered many fields, mostly related to nuclear physics. Jul 07, Devinder Dhiman rated it it was amazing.

Thirty Years that Shook Physics : The Story of Quantum Theory

For physicists, immersed in mathematical theories, who can no longer see the forest for the trees, this book gives a quick overview of the beginnings of q I first read this book several decades ago gmow enjoyed it hugely this second time as well. He and his associate Ralph Alpher developed a detailed model of the early stages of cosmic evolution in the “big bang” theory.

Untypically for popular science books, this one is enhanced by the author’s own delightful sketches. Selections from His Writings.

Return to Book Page. If only he hadn’t died before I was born, I am sure I would be proud to list him among my very favorite lovers. Quotes from Thirty Years that I am one of the people in favor of making education entertaining, but others in the group believe equally strongly in the principle of no pain, no gain. This “insider’s” vantage point lends special validity to his careful, accessible explanations of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, Niels Bohr’s model of the atom, the physlcs waves of Louis de Broglie and other path-breaking ideas.

He went on to become a mathematical physicist celebrated for numerous esoteric theories including his development of the Big Bang idea of cosmic creation.


Thirty years that shook physics: the story of quantum theory – George Gamow – Google Books

Geroge Gamov has done really well to thatt a topic, like quantum mechanics, as simple as possible. Jul 29, Gary Patella rated it it was amazing.

This celebrated play is available only in this volume. Pauli was such a good theoretical physicist that something usually broke in the lab whenever he merely stepped across the threshold. He is as intelligent, witty and subversive as I am. People who want science to be fun. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

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The part which I liked, personally is where he explains – the Pauli effect – a mysterious effect, with no explanation yet. In the Author’s Own Words: Book ratings by Goodreads. He ends the book with the Blegdamsvej Fausta delightful play written in by Niels Bohr’s students and colleagues to satirize the epochal developments that were revolutionizing physics. He discovered alpha decay via quantum tunneling and worked on radioactive decay of the atomic nucleus, star formation, stellar nucleosynthesis, big bang nucleosynthesis, cosmic microwave background, nucleocosmogenesis and genetics.

There’s a hilarious version of Faust at the ends closely imitating the meters of the original but geared to the interests of the theoretical physicist: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.