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

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

". . . 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." ? New York Herald Tribune One of the world's foremost nuclear physicists (celebrated for his theory of radioactive decay, among other accomplishments), George Gamow possessed th ". . . full of intellectual treats and tricks, of whimsy and deep scientific philosophy. It is highbrow entertainment...

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Title:One, Two, Three...Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science
Author:George Gamow
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Genres:Science
ISBN:One, Two, Three...Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

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

  • Jacob
    Nov 01, 2008
    Written in 1947 and last updated in 1961, Gamow's overview of the postwar state of the art in mathematics, physics, biology, and astronomy is lucid, if occasionally challenging, with 128 charming illustrations by the author scattered through the text. I picked this up for its discussio...
  • Nick Black
    Apr 08, 2008
    Impulsive acquisition at Borders, 2008-04-08. Dover sure has put out a lot of books recently! 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...
  • Ben Haley
    May 04, 2009
    I love laymen science and this is the best I've read. Gamow presents complex subjects with simple analogies and clever cartoons. His science, rivets like a jackhammer, pounding out universal revelations with each new page. One, Two, Three...Infinity walks us through the worlds of nu...
  • Steven Peterson
    May 01, 2010
    I happened to look at a book shelf at home, and this cool book from high school and college years caught my eye. It represents one of the classic volumes that made science accessible to lots of people. It also has humor! In discussing relativity theory, George Gamow uses some limericks...
  • Gaurav Hirlekar
    Aug 31, 2010
    Extremely well written book. The author explains his thoughts very concisely and in a very easily understandable manner. If we had books like this for textbooks, every young student would dream of becoming a scientist. ...
  • Manny
    Nov 10, 2012
    Having just read this fine book, closely preceded by the equally excellent Frontiers of Astronomy , I'm beginning to feel that the 40s and 50s were not just the Golden Age of science-fiction; they may also have been the Golden Age of popular science writing, a genre which certainly is...
  • Xavier Shay
    Jul 26, 2019
    I'm usually right into this sort of book, but I ended up abandoning ~80% of way through. It's very wide in scope, trying to cover maths, micro- and macro- science. That's admirable, but I think I prefer to go deep on a single thing. I also didn't realise it was published in 1947, which...
  • Kadri
    May 11, 2017
    This book was interesting for several reasons. First Gamow tackled topics from various fields of science such as genetics, particle physics and astronomy in a quite entertaining way. Secondly it was interesting because of the level of scientific knowledge at the time when Gamow was wri...
  • Sundarraj Kaushik
    Sep 09, 2018
    Slightly dated book but very well written. I do not have a deep background in physics and so take my review with a little caution. Covers a variety of topics from simple to complex. Anyone with some background in physics should be able to appreciate the simpler topics. The more comp...
  • Dan Cohen
    Nov 05, 2016
    I wish I had written my review sooner after reading the book! I remember it was consistently entertaining and informative. Some of the science is a little out of date, of course, but the presentation and ideas (both mathematical and scientific) is excellent. The drawings are funny an...
  • Jenna
    Jun 16, 2012
    Expounding facts and theories of modern science that as a reader it gives you a vivid image of the universe as it shows the scientist of today. It introduces you some interesting history of big numbers and how it started. Likewise, the differences between natural and artificial numbers...
  • Serdar
    Jan 25, 2018
    Fun science primer, a little dated in some respects, but some of the most enjoyable parts (like the discussion of mathematical infinities, plural) are timeless. Gamow has many other books in this vein. all enjoyable. Could be considered a predecessor of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos". ...
  • Sanjay Gautam
    May 31, 2014
    There was a young fellow from Trinity Who took ?? (square root of infinity) But the number of digits Gave him the fidgets; He dropped Math and took up Divinity. There's magic in these pages. Gamow, one of the greatest physicists of 20th century, whose passion for the...
  • Vipin Agrawal
    Feb 19, 2019
    A great science book. The writer starts from very basic about everything and goes deep into the subject starting from cells to body and what not. Well, I should not say that the book is as easy to understand for non-science as brief history of time but the writer has done pretty awesom...
  • Roberto Rigolin F Lopes
    Mar 12, 2018
    We are in 1947, Gamow is explaining us tricky concepts from math, physics, chemistry and biology. Fantastic. Get ready to have some fun because the whole thing is palatable to any curious person. For example, he starts asking "How to count infinities?" matching the book title. This is ...
  • Ondrej Urban
    Jul 06, 2019
    It is kind of hard to "take a step back" from this book and try to approach it form the point of view of the "general reader" instead of a scientist who already has a lot of background in the things discussed here. Let's therefore not do that and see where we get. One, Two, Three......
  • Matt
    Jun 08, 2018
    [about 2/3 of the way through; not sure whether I'll finish] There's some interesting stuff in here, but it's marred by too many flaws. On topics too complicated to explain fully, Gamow presents chains of reasoning that don't make sense in the absence of whatever additional evide...
  • Ananta Ambar
    Oct 13, 2018
    Personally, it was a long read. I had to reread some parts of the book to actually understand the content. You had to follow the details closely, because in a way or another they build the whole idea. If you are lost, chances are the idea won't make any sense. It took me some time to u...
  • Hassan Rezaee
    Sep 03, 2018
    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. The book being written in 1988 has not been updated for some rather radical discoveries. For example...
  • Tom Potter
    Feb 15, 2015
    This book blew my mind when I was in my early teens and I have been interested in math, both avocationally and vocationally, every since. One of the best math books ever written for non-mathematicians. ...
  • Arko
    Dec 22, 2017
    A spectacular book on Science written in the 1960s but much ahead of its time, delving into the basics of numbers to fundamental physics , genetics and cosmology( in which the author is a pioneer). Very lucidly explained and quite captivating & it is a treat for an inquisitive read...
  • J. Boo
    Oct 10, 2017
    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. ...
  • Thayumanavar
    May 19, 2018
    Very lucid presentation of ideas and concepts of Physics, Chemistry and Biology interspersed with Mathematics. Among many concepts illustrated by way of math, there is a thing that relates Pi and Probability , that is , one should be able to calculate the value of Pi by dropping match ...
  • Kristen
    Sep 02, 2017
    Originally published in 1947, despite all advances in science, this book teaches basically as much as I learned of pure science in high school science classes in short form. Of course other topics were covered in depth, but unfortunately did not require one to think and some were not c...
  • Cris
    Dec 01, 2018
    There are significant problems with Gamow?s explanations though he does provoke thought. His use of imaginary numbers in the treasure hunt appears to be incorrect. Hope somebody can comment. ...
  • Juan Meurrens
    Nov 19, 2018
    Excellent read for anyone interested in physics, maths and philosophy. A comprehensible description of topics that are so counter-intuitive that they become almost impossible to talk about, mainly as a consequence of the inability of language as it currently is, to properly classify t...
  • Sairica
    Apr 05, 2017
    George Gamow is the man who predicted that there should be Cosmic Background Radiation (CMB ? an afterglow of The Big Bang which would have after billions of years cooled down to about five degrees above absolute zero ? noticeable as the sizeable amount of static on your television...
  • Oliver Norman
    Oct 14, 2018
    Rather outdated in places of course, but still a fun read. Interesting to read popular science from over half a century ago and see what tickled the mind and imagination. ...
  • Weiyong Xu
    Mar 03, 2019
    This is a very interesting book which covers many important areas in science. Although some parts are a little out-dated now (e.g. Genetics), but we need to consider that at the time when the book was written, physics was the most exciting subject of science and the structrue of DNA ha...
  • Ilib4kids
    Apr 07, 2019
    500 GAM I come upon this book, while I am writing my book about the place-value system. According to Wikipedia. It was written by theoretical physicist George Gamow, first published in 1947, exploring some fundamental concepts in mathematics and science, but written at a level und...