“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 . One of the world’s foremost nuclear physicists (celebrated for his theory of radioactive decay, among other accomplishments), George Gamow possessed th . INFINITY Facts and Speculations of Science George Gamow Illustrated by the . Giant and supergiant stars. White dwarf stars.

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It took the great brain of Archimedes, a celebrated scientist of the third century B. May 04, Ben Haley rated it it was amazing.

I don’t recommend it. Obviously it is not necessary, in order to describe the space-separation between the two events, to note the individual numbers of avenue-blocks and of floors, since we can combine them tamow a single straight distance by means of the well-known Pythagorean theorem, according to which the distance between two points in space is the square root of the sum of the squares of the individual co-ordinate distances Figure 32, corner.

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

The drawing is made specifically for a cube, but the result would be the same if it were any other polyhedron. In order to prove it just look at Figure 6, which compares the number of points on two lines AB and AC of dif- Big Numbers 21 ferent lengths.

Facts and Speculations of Science is a popular science book by theoretical physicist George Gamowfirst published inexploring some fundamental concepts in mathematics and science, but written at a level understandable by middle school students up through “intelligent layman” adults.

Each corner point of such a cube must now be considered as being actually a line extending in the direction of time for the length of one month. On topics too complicated to explain fully, Gamow presents chains of reasoning that don’t make sense in the absence of whatever additional evidence is left unspoken.

But time-duration cannot be measured either in feet or in inches, and we have to use entirely different units, say minutes or hours. THERE is a story about two Hungarian aristocrats who decided to play a game in which the one who calls the largest number wins.


The “End of the World” problem. Every high school graduate should have the understanding needed to follow each synopsis and the logical reasoning necessary to follow each explanation, however strange, assuming each student is responsible enough to handle the information presented appropriately.

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Let us see if we can find the treasure for him, even though it is too late to do him any good. The Law of Disorder ix. Similarly the separa- tion of the gallows and the pine is 1 — r. Circular and elliptic motion. Sixteen vertices, thirty-two ribs, and twenty-four sides! Parallactic displacement in observing the moon. Pure and applied mathematics will never be hostile to each other. A double apple turned into a doughnut.

Einstein “First we infiniry the plane network in the following way: Oh no, we do not mean to make it taste like a doughnut, but just to make it look like one.

And the treasure is probably still there. Well, gamos this last statement is true one should be able to prove it mathematically, but in spite of the efforts of generations of mathematicians this has not yet been done. 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. Compared with these dull, pompous fantasists, George Gamow is a breath of fresh air.

One, Two, ThreeInfinity: Facts and Speculations of Science by George Gamow

But at a still higher rotation speed the light will be able to go through again since the cog will have passed the path of the light, and the following opening will be within the path of light just at the proper time to let it through.

The main part of his arrangement consists of two cogwheels set on a common axis in such a way that if you look at the wheels parallel to the axis you can see the cogs of the first wheel covering the intervals between the cogs of the second one.


In the Author’s Own Words: Let us see now what happens to a shadow donkey when he walks around on the Mobius surface. The only velocity known in physics to possess the desired degree of generality is the velocity of light spreading through The World of Four Dimensions 75 empty space. An automatic printing press. Just as the plane projection of an ordinary sphere is formed by two flat discs put together point to point and joined only along the outer circumference, the space-projec- tion of a supersphere must be imagined as two spherical bodies put through each other and joined along their outer surfaces.

Figure 12 represented by streets and avenues, the address system of Mos- cow Russia would certainly gain by being transformed into polar co-ordinates.

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

Then write fractions with sums equal 2 1 3 2 1 to 3: Successive stages of cell division mitosis. The second important point about our model is that in spite of the fact that the total combined length of channels is infinit, there are no “dead ends. Relating these calcu- lations to the distance through which the light passed from one wheel to the other, Fizeau arrived at a speed ofkm, ormiles a second, which is about the same as the result ob- tained by Roemer in his observation of the satellites of Jupiter.

Recommended to Manny by: Big Numbers 3 n. The main property of a spherical surface is, of course, that, though it has no boundaries, it still has a finite area; it just turns around and closes on itself. Figure 8 The first three infinite inflnity. What’s the point of all this?

At that stage physical science will enter from the epoch of Columbus and Magellan into the epoch of the National Geographic Magazine!