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George Gamow

Data di nascita: 4. Marzo 1904
Data di morte: 19. Agosto 1968

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Georgij Antonovič Gamov, poi cambiato in George Gamow , è stato un fisico, cosmologo e divulgatore scientifico russo naturalizzato statunitense.

Ha lavorato su un gran numero di argomenti, fra cui il nucleo atomico, l'evoluzione stellare, la nucleosintesi stellare, la cosmologia, il decadimento alfa . Ha contribuito inoltre in maniera importante alla comprensione dei sistemi di codificazione genetica utilizzati nella sequenza della catena elicoidale del DNA, da poco scoperta.

Fu anche un brillante divulgatore scientifico, autore, in questo campo, di opere «originali e divertenti».

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Frasi George Gamow

„If only there were at least one film with some real adventure, something unusual and maybe even fantastic about it.“

—  George Gamow
Context: It was a bank holiday, and Mr Tompkins, the little clerk of a big city bank, slept late and had a leisurely breakfast. Trying to plan his day, he first thought about going to some afternoon movie and, opening the morning paper, turned to the entertainment page. But none of the films looked attractive to him. He detested all this Hollywood stuff, with infinite romances between popular stars. If only there were at least one film with some real adventure, something unusual and maybe even fantastic about it. But there was none. Unexpectedly, his eye fell on a little notice in the corner of the page. The local university was announcing a series of lectures on the problems of modern physics, and this afternoon's lecture was to be about Einstein's Theory of Relativity. Well, that might be something! Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland. (1939) First lines

„It is well known that theoretical physicists cannot handle experimental equipment; it breaks whenever they touch it. Pauli was such a good theoretical physicist that something usually broke in the lab whenever he merely stepped across the threshold.“

—  George Gamow
Context: It is well known that theoretical physicists cannot handle experimental equipment; it breaks whenever they touch it. Pauli was such a good theoretical physicist that something usually broke in the lab whenever he merely stepped across the threshold. A mysterious event that did not seem at first to be connected with Pauli's presence once occurred in Professor J. Franck's laboratory in Göttingen. Early one afternoon, without apparent cause, a complicated apparatus for the study of atomic phenomena collapsed. Franck wrote humorously about this to Pauli at his Zürich address and, after some delay, received an answer in an envelope with a Danish stamp. Pauli wrote that he had gone to visit Bohr and at the time of the mishap in Franck's laboratory his train was stopped for a few minutes at the Göttingen railroad station. You may believe this anecdote or not, but there are many other observations concerning the reality of the Pauli Effect! Thirty Years That Shook Physics : The Story of Quantum Theory (1966), p. 64

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„There was a young fellow from Trinity,
Who took the square root of infinity.“

—  George Gamow
Context: There was a young fellow from Trinity, Who took the square root of infinity. But the number of digits, Gave him the fidgets; He dropped Math and took up Divinity. One, Two, Three... Infinity (1947)

„I decided to get Ph.D. in experimental physics because experimental physicists have their own room in the Institute where they can hang their coat, whereas theoretical physicists have to hang their coat at the entrance.“

—  George Gamow
Context: I decided to get Ph. D. in experimental physics because experimental physicists have their own room in the Institute where they can hang their coat, whereas theoretical physicists have to hang their coat at the entrance. "Interview with George Gamow" http://www.aip.org/history/ohilist/4325.html, by Charles Weiner at Professor Gamow's home in Boulder, Colorado (25 April 1968)

„So I am just sitting and waiting, listening, and if something exciting comes, I just jump in.“

—  George Gamow
About the origin of his interest in biology in an "Interview with George Gamow", by Charles Weiner at Professor Gamow's home in Boulder, Colorado (25 April 1968)

„I feel that matter has properties which physics tells you.“

—  George Gamow
"Interview with George Gamow", by Charles Weiner at Professor Gamow's home in Boulder, Colorado (25 April 1968)

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