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  George Gamow's Writing

"It was a bank holiday, and Mr Tompkins, the little clerk of a big city bank, slept late and had a leisurely breakfast. Trying to plan his day, he first thought about going to some afternoon movie and, opening the morning paper, turned to the entertainment page. But none of the films looked attractive to him. He detested all this Hollywood stuff, with infinite romances between popular stars.

"If only there were at least one film with some real adventure, something unusual and maybe even fantastic about it. But there was none. Unexpectedly, his eye fell on a little notice in the corner of the page. The local university was announcing a series of lectures on the problems of modern physics, and this afternoon's lecture was to be about Einstein's Theory of Relativity. Well, that might be something!"

So begins the first chapter of "Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland."

George Gamow was perhaps most widely known for his popular writings on science that introduced millions of readers to concepts of relativity and atomic and nuclear physics. These writings have been translated into several dozen languages. In recognition of the global impact of his popular scientific writings, he was awarded the Kalinga Prize by the United Nations in 1956.

The Mr. Tompkins Series
1939   Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland
1944   Mr. Tompkins Explores the Atom
1953   Mr. Tompkins Learns the Facts of Life
1967   Mr. Tompkins Inside Himself
Other Popular Writing
1940   The Birth and Death of the Sun
1941   Biography of the Earth
1947   One, Two, Three. . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science
1953   The Moon
1958   Puzzle-Math
1961   Biography of Physics
1962   Gravity
1963   A Planet Called Earth
1964   A Star Called the Sun
1966   Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory
Science Text Books
1931   The Constitution of Atomic Nuclei and Radioactivity
1937   Structure of Atomic Nuclei and Nuclear Transformations
1947   Atomic Energy in Cosmic and Human Life
1949   Theory of Atomic Nucleus and Nuclear Energy Sources, with C.L. Critchfield
1952   The Creation of the Universe
1958   Matter, Earth & Sky, with John M. Cleveland
1960   Physics: Foundations & Frontiers
1961   The Atom and its Nucleus