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Born in Odessa, Russia, George Gamow, the son of a teacher, studied at the University of Leningrad, becoming professor of physics in 1931. He emigrated to the United States in 1933 and taught at George Washington University (1934-56) and at the University of Colorado (1956-68). His scientific work covered many fields, mostly related to nuclear physics. In the field of molecular biology, Gamow suggested the triplet mechanism for coding DNA. He and his associate Ralph Alpher developed a detailed model of the early stages of cosmic evolution in the "big bang" theory. Although Gamow's basic assumption that the primordial universe contained only neutrons was incorrect, this assumption stimulated a great deal of subsequent work in cosmology. Gamow wrote 30 popular books on astronomy, physics, and related sciences. In his "Mr. Tompkins" series (one of the most famous), Gamow used the figure of a curious, interested bank clerk as a protagonist for various journeys into quantum physics and gravity. His sense of humor is evident in his books and in his scientific career. For example, one of the key papers on the "big bang" theory is called the alpha-beta-gamma paper. In 1956, UNESCO awarded Gamow the Kalinga Prize for science writing. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from One Two Three . . . Infinity… (more)
One Two Three . . . Infinity 1,024 copies, 15 reviews
Mr. Tompkins in Paperback 565 copies, 7 reviews
The Creation of the Universe 215 copies, 5 reviews
Gravity 190 copies, 1 review
The Birth and Death of the Sun 118 copies, 1 review
Biography of the Earth 67 copies, 1 review
A Star Called the Sun 47 copies, 1 review
Mr. Tompkins Explores the Atom 29 copies, 1 review
Moon 11 copies
Birthmarks 4 copies
M tompkins 3 copies
Fizika 2 copies
Den store fysikbog 1 1 copy, 1 review
Den store fysikbog 2 1 copy, 1 review
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (Contributor) 776 copies, 6 reviews
The Hopkins Manuscript (Introduction, some editions) 248 copies, 11 reviews
Cosmology + 1 (Contributor) 113 copies
The expert dreamers (Contributor) 73 copies

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