Isaac Asimov began his Foundation series at the age of 21, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned over 400 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas. Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decades, until he died, at the age of 72, in April 1992.
A Choice of Catastrophesby Isaac Asimov
Scientist, author, and Earth-dweller, explores the many potential natural and man-made catastrophes that could change life as we know it, or erase us from the face of the Earth. Natural properties and laws might change at any time, rendering life on this planet--or anywhere in the universe--impossible. But the disasters that are most imminent are in our power to control--technology, nuclear warfare, pollution... Natural forces far more powerful than man might destroy us. Or they may have nothing to do with bringing about the end.
- Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
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- Date of Birth:
- January 20, 1920
- Date of Death:
- April 6, 1992
- Place of Birth:
- Petrovichi, Russia
- Place of Death:
- New York, New York
- Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948
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The ultimate demise of individual humans, civilization as we know it, mankind, the earth, the solar system, our galaxy, and all of the cosmos is as inevitable as death and taxes. It is impossible to have an infinite system composed entirely of finite objects and relationships. You cannot destroy matter, but you can spread it around so that it has no funcion. Asimov is brilliant, his usual dryly humorous self in this work of scientific philosophy. Imagine how much more darkly he would have viewed this topic, had he foreseen the depths we would sink to with the Republican Ascendancy.