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The Roving Mind
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Isaac Asimov Paul Kurtz
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The Roving Mind

Isaac Asimov Paul Kurtz



Reference » Biographical;
Reference » Essays


350 pages

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Isaac Asimov's death on 6 April 1992, was a great loss to the world of literary science and free thought. 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.

By:   Isaac Asimov
Preface by:   Paul Kurtz
Imprint:   Prometheus
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   416g
ISBN:   9781573921817
ISBN 10:   1573921815
Pages:   350
Publication Date:   June 2013
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active


The collection is very readable and thus is accessible to a wide audience of non-scientists as well as scientists. Both adults and young people should find it interesting. -- The Physics Teacher ... Asimov's best include pieces detailing the present mysteries of solar astronomy, removing the mythology of cloning (backyard gardners do it all the time), and pointing out deficiencies in the supposed chemistry expertise of Sherlock Holmes. -- Nature

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