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Overview

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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 349
  • Sales rank: 498,628
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.85 (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

Table of Contents

Foreword: Isaac Asimov: Science Popularizer, Skeptic, and Rationalist
A Celebration of Isaac Asimov: A Man for the Universe
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Religious Radicals
1 The Army of the Night 5
2 Creationism and the Schools 16
3 The Reagan Doctrine 20
4 The Blind Who Would Lead 24
5 Creeping Censorship 27
6 Losing the Debate 29
Pt. II Other Aberrations
7 The Harvest of Intelligence 33
8 That Old-Time Violence 37
9 Little Green Men or Not? 40
10 Don't You Believe? 43
11 Open Mind? 47
12 The Role of the Heretic 49
Pt. III Population
13 The Good Earth Is Dying 59
14 The Price of Survival 66
15 Letter to a Newborn Child 72
Pt. IV Science: Opinion
16 Technophobia 77
17 What Have You Done for Us Lately? 84
18 Speculation 88
19 Is It Wise for Us to Contact Advanced Civilizations? 92
20 Pure and Impure 97
21 Do We Regulate Science? 104
22 For Public Understanding of Science 107
23 Science Corps 110
24 Science and Beauty 113
25 Art and Science 116
26 The Fascination of Science 120
27 Sherlock Holmes as Chemist 127
Pt. V Science: Explanation
28 The Global Jigsaw 135
29 The Inconstant Sun 139
30 The Sky of the Satellites 151
31 The Surprises of Pluto 157
32 Neutron Stars 160
33 Black Holes 162
34 Faster than Light 165
35 Hyperspace 169
36 Beyond the Universe 175
37 Life on Earth 183
Pt. VI The Future
38 The Transportation and the Future 191
39 The Corporation of the Future 200
40 The Future of Collecting 208
41 The Computerized World 214
42 The Individualism to Come 228
43 The Coming Age of Age 237
44 The Decade of Decision 244
45 Do You Want to Be Cloned? 251
46 The Hotel of the Future 256
47 The Future of Plants 262
48 Bacterial Engineering 266
49 Flying in Time to Come 272
50 The Ultimate in Communication 278
51 His Own Particular Drummer 285
52 The Future of Exploration 295
53 Homo Obsoletus? 300
54 Volatiles for the Life of Luna 307
55 Touring the Moon 312
56 Life on a Space Settlement 317
57 Payoff in Space 324
Pt. VII Personal
58 I Am a Signpost 331
59 The Word-Processor and I 334
60 A Question of Speed 337
61 A Question of Spelling 340
62 My Father 344
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