from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Gamow, George 1904-1968. Russian-born American nuclear physicist known for his work on radioactivity and genetic information as well as his books popularizing theories of physics.

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  • n. United States physicist (born in Russia) who was a proponent of the big-bang theory and who did research in radioactivity and suggested the triplet code for DNA (1904-1968)


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  • This quantum mechanical probability is now universally known as the Gamow factor. ''


  • For example the physicist George Gamow made two unsuccessful attempts before giving up and getting out with permission to attend a conference.

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  • Of course, something has to give, even in a volume this size, but space for these ideas could be found by leaving out the extract from a popular book by George Gamow, which no more deserves a place here than an extract from, say, Mr. Hawking's "A Brief History of Time."

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  • At the time he was having a feud with the British astrophysicist Fred Hoyle, who thought Gamow's theory of the universe beginning with a cosmic explosion was nonsense and, as a joke, called it the "Big Bang."

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  • In the summer of 1953, while visiting Berkeley, Gamow was shown a copy of the article in Nature where Watson and Crick spelled out some of the genetic implications of their discovery that DNA is structured as a double helix.

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  • Gino Segrè, himself a theoretical physicist, had the inspired idea of tracing Delbrück's and Gamow's lives in alternating chapters, throwing light on the world of both 20th-century biology and physics along the way.

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  • Gamow had already made some brilliant contributions to nuclear physics, while Delbrück could not seem to do anything significant.

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  • Delbrück and Gamow first met in 1931, when they were both at Niels Bohr's institute in Copenhagen.

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  • Without skipping a beat Gamow replied, "Don't throw Hoyle on troubled waters."

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  • Mr. Segrè calls Delbrück and Gamow "ordinary geniuses."

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