One contemporary observer remarks that, "These observations suggest that I should be grateful my genes were not designed by George Gamow
or Francis Crick.
The book chronicles Watson's research, his life among the scientific elite-notably George Gamow
, a practical-joking physicist who helped establish the Big Bang theory--and his search to find a life partner.
19) They were working on a suggestion, made by George Gamow
(once a student of Alexander Friedmann), that the early universe should have been very hot and dense, glowing white hot.
and building on the ideas of George Gamow
- offered an elaboration of some of the Big Bang ideas that had been around since well before 1920.
In his popular work, The Birth and Death of the Sun, George Gamow
justified the gaseous nature of the Sun as follows: ".
Ralph Alpher, with his PhD advisor George Gamow
, planned a paper calculating the proportions of hydrogen, helium, and heavier elements expected from the Big Bang.
Stories of his encounters and work with some of the leading scientists of the 20th century include Linus Pauling, Richard Feynman, and especially George Gamow
, the Russian physicist with whom Watson founded the legendary RNA-Tie Club.