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

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Illustrations
PLATES
FOLLOWING PAGE
I. Hexamethylbenzene Molecule184
II. A. Cosmic Ray Shower184
B. Nuclear Disintegration184
III. Transformations of Atomic Nuclei184
A. A Fast Deuteron Hits Another Deuteron184
B. A Fast Proton Hits Boron Nucleus184
C. A Neutron Breaks a Nucleus of Nitrogen184
IV. Uranium-Nucleus Fission184
V. A. and B. Photomicrographs of Fruit-Fly Chromosomes262
C. Photomicrograph of Fruit-Fly Female Larva262
VI. Particles of Tobacco-Mosaic Virus262
VII. A. Spiral Nebula in Ursa Major290
B. Spiral Nebula in Coma Berenices290
VIII. The Crab Nebula290
ILLUSTRATIONS IN TEXT
PAGE
1. An ancient Roman tries to write "one million."5
2. Grand Vizier Sissa Ben Dahir asks his reward.8
3. The "End of the World" problem.10
4. An automatic printing press.12
5. An African native and Prof. G. Cantor comparing their counting ability.15
6. The number of points on a line.21
7. The number of points in a square.21
8. The first three infinite numbers.23
9. Eratosthenes' "sieve."29
10. Real and imaginary numbers.34
11. Treasure hunt with imaginary numbers.36
12. Co-ordinate systems.42
13. A subdivided sphere transformed into a polyhedron.44
14. Five regular polyhedrons and one monstrosity.46
15. Proof of Euler's theorem.47

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Other Books by George Gamow ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations viii
  • Part I - Playing with Numbers 1
  • Chapter I - Big Numbers 3
  • Chapter II - Natural and Artificial Numbers 24
  • Part II - Space, Time: & Einstein 39
  • Chapter III - Unusual Properties of Space 41
  • Chapter IV - The World of Four Dimensions 64
  • Chapter V - Relativity of Space and Time 84
  • Part III - Microcosmos 113
  • Chapter VI - Descending Staircase 115
  • Chapter VII - Modern Alchemy 149
  • Chapter VIII - The Law of Disorder 192
  • Chapter IX - The Riddle of Life 231
  • Part IV - Macrocosmos 267
  • Chapter X - Expanding Horizons 269
  • Chapter XI - The Days of Creation 298
  • Index 336
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