Mr. Tompkins

by George Gamow

Rank: 111
Other information: a Wonderland Bookstore Top Ten book of 2000
Recommended by: Ada Kerman
Initial rank: 100
Fact - Science - Physics

Gamow uses the adventures of Mr. Tompkins, an ordinary bank teller, to explain some of the more complicated aspects of physics in simple, vivid terms. It was originally published as two books; I read the first one as a child and gained a clearer understanding of relativity, the speed of light, and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle from it.

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