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This is a very good book, and is definitely worth reading, especially the chapter on dimensions, and the space-time is very well explained with easy to understand examples of real life. This book was interesting for several reasons.

I have read a fair number of pop science books over the last year, and most of the modern ones are miserably unsatisfying. I am almost certain I read this when I was a kid, because I’m pretty sure I remember the bit about Hilbert’s hotel. Overall rating No ratings yet 0.

Infinity by George Gamow”. And he doesn’t shy away from hardcore mathematics, if needed.

One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science

She departed one day, In an Einsteinian way, She came back on the previous night. May 11, Kadri rated it really liked it Shelves: There are some topics that wouldn’t make Personally, it was a long read. It will broaden the knowledge of each and to the imagination wide play. Brimming with amusing anecdotes and provocative problems, One Two Three.

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One, Two, Three…Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science

You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. It belongs in the library georgs anyone curious about the wonders of the scientific universe.


Infinityplease sign up. Too often, the presentation of real science turns into an imagination’s death march into a bleak world of facts and foreign vocabulary. I am forever indebted to Gamow for explaining to me different types of infinities and how to compare them in a way that I shall find difficult to forget even if someone were to hit me on the head with a hammer in all seriousness that experiment is out of bounds and quite frankly illegal.

A spectacular book on Science written in the s but much ahead of its time, delving into the basics of numbers to fundamental physicsgenetics and cosmology in which the author is a pioneer. But Gamow keeps it light and by transcending the minutia, makes a reader that floats above it and keeps its value even now, half a decade after its first publication.

Yes, there are bits that are very inaccurate because of it, but it reminds you that scientific theories are born and they die, some sooner than others. In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat. It was a great read nonetheless. Feb 09, Sabbir Ahmed rated it really liked it Shelves: Gamow has many other books in this vein.

This was better for the insight into Gamow as a scientific author than any of the actual details; anyone who’s going to reach for a mid-century perspective on last century’s physics from an eccentric Soviet, complete with hand-drawn comic-like illustrations and puns heavily weighted by innuendo, via the Dover Mathematics line — known best for its republishing of opaque Eastern European textbooks having Impulsive acquisition at Borders, Book ratings by Goodreads.

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.

Boo rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. The World of Four Dimensions V.


One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science

georg He has explained the different kinds of infinities that we are familiar with in each field of study and has done so, beautifully. They are stylistically weak, the authors alternate between patronising you and boring you with anecdotes from their dull lives, and above all the science isn’t well done: God and the Multiverse. There are some topics that wouldn’t make sense if the reader never came across the basic ideas that build it.

The Lightness of Being. We learn how to threr the height of an oil molecule in a bathtub, the rotation of our milky way with a red shif I love laymen science and this is the best I’ve read. Facts and Speculations of Science.

How Old Is the Universe? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In ghree 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.

Still, this is the sort of book that I wish had been on my parents’ bookshelf when I was a bored kid reading every book I could get my hands on. You had to follow the details closely, because in a way or another they build the whole idea.

Selections from His Writings. Views Read Edit View history. The Future of Humanity. Account Wto Sign in. A Universe from Nothing. He does a nice job of covering Relativity in semi-technical terms.