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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (27 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140172130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140172133
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Isaac Asimov authored over 400 books in a career that lasted nearly 50 years. As a leading scientific writer, historian, and futurist, he covered a variety of subjects ranging from mathematics to humor, and won numerous awards for his work.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Hole VINE VOICE on 31 May 2004
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I bought for dipping into but I soon realised it was so readable that I started at the beginning and started reading it through. This can be read as a popular science book where you read it like a novel even though the title and the number of pages would lead you to think otherwise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John K. Gray on 11 Jan. 2010
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With the explosion of progress in the world of science in the twentieth century, one is hard put to read any book as enjoyable as Isaac Asimov's New Guide to Science. I have read it twice and have researched from it continually for over 20 years - it has become my Bible, so to speak.
Scientist are terribly susceptible to pride, rightfully so, but it is difficult for them to remain true to their profession of objectivity and humility (as was Robert Hooke, for example). Isaac Asimov will long remain one of our finest examples of the men of science in the twentieth century.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. P. J. Morrison on 1 Jan. 2002
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This is a great book by Isaac Asimov, scientist and science fiction writer. Although the book is heavy at 880 pages; content is light. Isaac's enthusiasm for the subject crosses to the reader and makes for a very enjoyable read. Unfortunately as Isaac Asimov wrote in the book "Science will not stand still", written in 1984 it has dated a bit and I think it should be picked up by other scientists and updated for the new millennium. Although undeniably it is still a very good read. More people need to enjoy science and I think this book could do the job.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By markacu@thenewfrontiers.co.uk on 18 Feb. 2000
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Isaac Asimov is best known for his writing of fiction but this book demonstrated his deep understanding and love for the world of Science. In my late teens I found this book to be a very valuable asset, as well as helping me to understand everything better it is a joy to read and shows how science is a dynamic and fascinating subject where everything fits together into a much more amazing whole.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By demola on 26 Aug. 2009
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It is a bit intimidating (though if you can read the unabridged The Count of Monte Cristo then you should be fine) at over 800 pages but as noted elsewhere this is actually very readable. The fact that Asimov is a novelist shows in his accessible style. The book is divided into two parts: The Physical Sciences dealing with physics and cosmology mainly; and The Biological Sciences dealing with biology, evolution and the computer revolution. I enjoyed the first part much more which felt like an education whilst the second part felt more like information - there's this and then that and then this and then that ad infinitum - and a bit too rushed.

This guide was published in 1984 and so the pc and mobile phone revolutions are not covered. What is covered in quite some length though is the history behind the sciences with Asimov constantly pointing out where scientific work led to Nobel prizes. It was even quite gratifying to learn that in the world of scientific debates laureates could be wrong in areas not their specialty. Perhaps, in the future, one ought not to be dumbstruck by pontificating finance and economics laureates and/or professors who have latterly shown in spectacular fashion that they don't know enough to be taken as unquestioned gurus.
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