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One, two, three-- infinity: facts and speculations of science
One Two Three Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science is a popular science book by theoretical physicist George Gamow , first published in , exploring some fundamental concepts in mathematics and science, written at a level understandable by middle school students up through "intelligent layman" adults. Beginning with an exploration of elementary numbers, the book opens with a description of the "Hottentots" Khoikhoi , said to have words only for "one", "two", "three", and "many", and builds quickly to explore Georg Cantor 's theory of three levels of infinity —hence the title of the book. It then describes a simple automatic printing press that can in principle given enough paper, ink, and time print all the English works that have ever been, or ever will be, printed a more-systematic version of the infinite monkey theorem. The author notes that if all the atoms in the Universe, as known in Gamow's time, were such printing presses working in parallel "at the speed of atomic vibrations" since the beginning of known time , only an infinitesimal fraction of the job could have yet been completed. Gamow explores number theory , topology , spacetime , relativity , atomic chemistry , nuclear physics , entropy , genetics , and cosmology.
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Book details. Book Synopsis. It is highbrow. He brings that ability to bear in this delightful expedition through the problems, pleasures, and puzzles of modern science. Among the topics scrutinized with the author s celebrated good humor and pedagogical prowess are the macrocosm and the microcosm, theory of numbers, relativity of space and time, entropy, genes,.