A wide-ranging exploration of our universe from "what makes the wind blow?" to "how was the moon formed?" in questions-and-answer format, written in vintage Asimov style. "A fine introduction to modern astronomical theory." LIBRARY JOURNAL
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About the Author
Isaac Asimov began his Foundation series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned more than 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decades. He died, at the age of seventy-two, in April 1992.
Date of Birth:January 20, 1920
Date of Death:April 6, 1992
Place of Birth:Petrovichi, Russia
Place of Death:New York, New York
Education:Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948
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1. WHAT IS THE SHAPE OF THE EARTH?
Excerpted from "Isaac Asimov's Guide to Earth and Space"
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Isaac Asimov's Guide to Earth and Space based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Considering this book was first published twenty years ago, this is still a solid guide to many basic concepts. There are 111 simple questions, such as "How large is the Earth" and "How fast does light travel" that a clearly explained. Some answers are extremely basic, and there are a (very) few condescending comments, but overall, this book is exactly what it claims to be. I would recommend this as a primer for anyone from high-school on, though most of the writing and a majority of the answers are simple enough for middle-schoolers as well.