The Tyrannosaurus Prescription: And One Hundred Other Essays

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Overview

America's most revered science writer is represented here by one hundred and one previously uncollected essays and ruminations.

The Tyrannosaurus Prescription demonstrates the full range of Isaac Asimov's imagination: his lively discussions of science fiction, future space adventures, inner space discoveries, rediscoveries of our hidden past, and even what to do when the present state of the world is just too oppressive - his "Tyrannosaurus Prescription."

Asimov fans will find gems of every kind in this far-roving collection. The section on "Science" provides thirteen pieces on the planets; unstable atomic nuclei; Einstein, "the one-man revolution"; and dinosaurs.

"SciQuest" includes twenty of Asimov's best columns for SciQuest magazine, many of which vividly describe the inspiring struggles of great scientists - William Herschel, Michael Faraday, Joseph Henry, Ernest Rutherford, and others.

Asimov's awesome grasp of culture - ancient and modern - is on display in "Foreword by Isaac Asimov."

A special treat are two highly personal autobiographical essays, co-authored with his wife, Janet, that reveal the writer to be as eccentric as he is sane, as all-here as he is visionary.

Charming collection which feature Asimov's writings on a vast range of subjects.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In adventurous essays Asimov analyzes our fascination with show biz celebrities, explains the pagan origins of Valentine's Day, speculates on why the detective story first came to prominence in Britain and the U.S., and envisions the universe as ``a sponge built of light.'' This overstuffed miscellany consisting of 101 selections includes 42 book forewords and 20 columns for a high-school-level chemistry magazine, plus informal, breezy pieces on science, space exploration, the future, science fiction and four personal reminiscences (two coauthored with Asimov's wife Janet). While his heady futurist forecasts of planned genetic mutations and nuclear power stations on the moon may not suggest utopia to everyone, nonetheless Asimov's curiosity, roving far afield in tours of Jupiter and Pluto, speculation on the dinosaurs' extinction and musings on the ozone layer, scientific heresies, knights, Atlantis and how life began, offers something to delight every reader. (Sept.)
Booknews
A wide-ranging collection grouped in sections on the future, space, science. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879755409
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1989
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) was one of the most gifted and prolific writers of the twentieth century. He became legendary for his inexhaustible creativity, wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, and talent for explaining complex subjects in clear, concise prose. His incredible opus comprised almost five hundred entertaining and illuminating science fiction and nonfiction books.

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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