Frontiers 2: More Recent Discoveries about Life, Earth, Space, & the Universe

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Frontiers II is Isaac Asimov's last full-length science book - the final testament of his genius for taking the reader to the cutting edge of scientific investigation and discovery. Gathering 125 of the celebrated science essays that represented the climactic chapter of Asimov's legendary writing career, this wonder-filled volume spans the full spectrum of the excitement and enlightenment that is science on the brink of tomorrow. With the intrigue and accessibility of a scientific Ripley's Believe It or Not, ...
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Overview

Frontiers II is Isaac Asimov's last full-length science book - the final testament of his genius for taking the reader to the cutting edge of scientific investigation and discovery. Gathering 125 of the celebrated science essays that represented the climactic chapter of Asimov's legendary writing career, this wonder-filled volume spans the full spectrum of the excitement and enlightenment that is science on the brink of tomorrow. With the intrigue and accessibility of a scientific Ripley's Believe It or Not, Asimov reveals a riveting array of modern science breakthroughs. How has the probing of proteins brought us to insights into the origin of life? How far have we come on the path to producing life in a laboratory? What are the latest revelations about the nature of dinosaurs and the mystery of their extinction? What recent startling sightings of planets, stars, and galaxies have astronomers made? What is the current thinking on the possibility of establishing human colonies on Mars? What do we now know about black holes - and can one of them actually have landed on earth? Can computer intelligence ever surpass human intelligence - or even that of a cockroach? What are the gravest dangers to our environment - and the best solutions to date?
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This second compilation of Isaac Asimov's syndicated science column includes 125 articles, approximately 30 of which were contributed by his wife Janet after her husband's death in 1992. Arranged in sections concerning life sciences, astronomy, particle physics and general technology news, the 1500-word essays offer lively, though brief, discussions of such matters as right- and left-handedness and Neptune's farthest satellite (Triton). Though Asimov fans will appreciate this collection of the science polymath's last pieces, many will regret the column-length restriction that makes this anthology the intellectual equivalent of a bowl of mixed nuts. The first Frontiers collection aged quickly, as this one certainly will. (Aug.)
Library Journal
In this second collection of their weekly science columns for the Los Angeles Times syndicate, Isaac Asimov is joined by his wife, Janet, who coauthored a number of the essays and independently wrote about a quarter of them. Apparently, Isaac was ill during the winter before his death in April 1992, and Janet therefore became involved in his work. This collection is as far-ranging as the first ( Frontiers , LJ 1/90), dealing with proteins in the first paper, then advancing to ``What Teeth Can Tell Us,'' an analysis of the dodo, and a discussion of the spread of landfills. The book is arranged in four parts: ``Life: Past, Present, and Future''; ``Our Planet and Our Neighbors''; ``Science and Technology''; and ``The Universe from Quarks to the Cosmos.'' As educational and entertaining as the first volume, this is recommended for popular science collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/93.-- Hilary D. Burton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, Cal.
Booknews
More of Isaac Asimov's weekly science columns for the Los Angeles Times and those his wife, Janet, wrote during his illness and after his death in April 1992. The Asimovs discuss how close we are to producing life in a lab, the latest revelations about dinosaur extinction, recent startling sightings of planets and stars, if we can establish colonies on Mars, if computer intelligence can ever surpass human intelligence, and the gravest dangers to our environment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452272293
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Isaac Asimov
The godfather of science fiction, Isaac Asimov is the genreā€™s undisputed master and one of the most prolific authors of all time. From his famous Foundation trilogy to his later stories, Asimov took fiction to new, strange, and often wondrous places.

Biography

To list Isaac Asimov's honors, as to list his books, would be excessive. Let it simply be noted that Isaac Asimov was the most famous, most honored, most widely read, and most beloved science fiction author of all time. In his five decades as an author, he wrote more than four hundred books, won every award his readers and colleagues could contrive to give him, and provided pleasure and insight to millions. He died in 1992, still at work.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      January 20, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Petrovichi, Russia
    1. Date of Death:
      April 6, 1992
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

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