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George Gamow

Geburtstag: 4. März 1904
Todesdatum: 19. August 1968

George Anthony Gamow war ein russischer, nach seiner Flucht 1933 in die USA seit 1934 dort tätiger Physiker und Hochschullehrer. Er trug wesentlich zur Kernphysik und zur Urknall-Theorie bei und sagte 1948 mit seiner Arbeitsgruppe die kosmische Hintergrundstrahlung voraus, 16 Jahre bevor sie entdeckt wurde.

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„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

Thirty Years That Shook Physics : The Story of Quantum Theory (1966), p. 64
Kontext: 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!

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

—  George Gamow

One, Two, Three... Infinity (1947)
Kontext: 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.

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

—  George Gamow

Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland. (1939) First lines
Kontext: 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!

„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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