The Roving Mind / Edition 1

The Roving Mind / Edition 1

by Isaac Asimov
     
 

ISBN-10: 1573921815

ISBN-13: 9781573921817

Pub. Date: 12/28/1997

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Isaac Asimov's death on April 6, 1992, was a great loss to the world of literary science and freethought. The prolific author's vision is unmatched today, and his pointed honesty shines through in The Roving Mind, now reissued in this special tribute edition.

This collection of essays is wide-ranging, reflecting Asimov's extraordinary skill in disseminating

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Isaac Asimov's death on April 6, 1992, was a great loss to the world of literary science and freethought. The prolific author's vision is unmatched today, and his pointed honesty shines through in The Roving Mind, now reissued in this special tribute edition.

This collection of essays is wide-ranging, reflecting Asimov's extraordinary skill in disseminating knowledge from across the spectrum of human thought. Some of the areas explored in this volume of 62 essays include creationism, pseudoscience, censorship, population, philosophy of science, transportation, computers and corporations of the future, and astronomy. His predictions about cloning which has only recently become the topic of public debate the theory of "technophobia," and other scientific developments are astounding. In a lighter tone, Asimov includes several personal stories from his life including thoughts on his style of writing and memories of family in younger days.

With tributes by Arthur C. Clarke, L. Sprague de Camp, Harlan Ellison, Kendrick Frazier, Martin Gardner, Donald Goldsmith, Stephen Jay Gould, E. C. Krupp, Frederik Pohl, and Carl Sagan

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573921817
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
349
Sales rank:
1,100,828
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Isaac Asimov: Science Popularizer, Skeptic, and Rationalist
A Celebration of Isaac Asimov: A Man for the Universe
Introduction1
Pt. IThe Religious Radicals
1The Army of the Night5
2Creationism and the Schools16
3The Reagan Doctrine20
4The Blind Who Would Lead24
5Creeping Censorship27
6Losing the Debate29
Pt. IIOther Aberrations
7The Harvest of Intelligence33
8That Old-Time Violence37
9Little Green Men or Not?40
10Don't You Believe?43
11Open Mind?47
12The Role of the Heretic49
Pt. IIIPopulation
13The Good Earth Is Dying59
14The Price of Survival66
15Letter to a Newborn Child72
Pt. IVScience: Opinion
16Technophobia77
17What Have You Done for Us Lately?84
18Speculation88
19Is It Wise for Us to Contact Advanced Civilizations?92
20Pure and Impure97
21Do We Regulate Science?104
22For Public Understanding of Science107
23Science Corps110
24Science and Beauty113
25Art and Science116
26The Fascination of Science120
27Sherlock Holmes as Chemist127
Pt. VScience: Explanation
28The Global Jigsaw135
29The Inconstant Sun139
30The Sky of the Satellites151
31The Surprises of Pluto157
32Neutron Stars160
33Black Holes162
34Faster than Light165
35Hyperspace169
36Beyond the Universe175
37Life on Earth183
Pt. VIThe Future
38The Transportation and the Future191
39The Corporation of the Future200
40The Future of Collecting208
41The Computerized World214
42The Individualism to Come228
43The Coming Age of Age237
44The Decade of Decision244
45Do You Want to Be Cloned?251
46The Hotel of the Future256
47The Future of Plants262
48Bacterial Engineering266
49Flying in Time to Come272
50The Ultimate in Communication278
51His Own Particular Drummer285
52The Future of Exploration295
53Homo Obsoletus?300
54Volatiles for the Life of Luna307
55Touring the Moon312
56Life on a Space Settlement317
57Payoff in Space324
Pt. VIIPersonal
58I Am a Signpost331
59The Word-Processor and I334
60A Question of Speed337
61A Question of Spelling340
62My Father344

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