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Asimov's Chronology Of Science & Discovery [Hardcover]

Isaac Asimov
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Aug. 11 1994 0062701134 978-0062701138 2nd Revised edition
Isaac Asimov's innovative exploration of the relationship between science and society over the past 4 million years.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The purest of genius -- Issac Asimov June 3 2001
Format:Hardcover
I love all works by Asimov, and meeting him in person one time was a high of a lifetime for me!!
This book is one which is informative beyond imagination, powerful towards one's understanding of the world and science at large, and so fun to read.
I miss having Asimov among us since his passing, but his genius will live on always, and this book is certainly no exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Asimov knew his science April 27 2000
Format:Hardcover
Isaac Asimov was one of the great popularizers for science. This Chronology of the history of science just understates that we lost one of the great writers of any era when he passed away in 1992.
This book is great. It outlines all the major and most of the minor scientific discoveries. The scientific advances that worked to give us the current world we live in. With things like nuclear weapons, global warming, etc. It is super important that politicians policy makers understand science. It is sad that most of them don't think they need to know about it.
This book helps people to understand the important role that science plays in our world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book of the history of science by Asimov June 15 1998
Format:Hardcover
I was a complete Asimovphile and I had read his books on science(my favorite subject)and science fiction that I could come across. The book Asimov's Chronology of Science & Discovery is probably the best book of science he's ever written. This book takes the reader on the journey in history from our human ancestors up to modern times. It has all the dates,events,and the people involed in scientific discoveries and technology. Not only does it include abstract discoveries but neat facts such as when the slide rule was invented, how negative numbers where conceived, who invented LSD, and how computers came from bulky to small. To me, Asimov knew every event with the year and the person involved. Aside of what happened in the past,he kept up with the present as well.I like his work since I know that he made complex topics understandable for the general reader. Because of him, I became a genius of science! I read every single book written by him before I started to go into other works by different authors. Aside from that, He updated his work also. To sum it all up, Asimov's Chronology of Science & Discovery is the crowning achievment of science,discovery,history, and the author who can present to the general reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book of the history of science by Asimov June 14 1998
By Jose Martinez@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was a complete Asimovphile and I had read his books on science(my favorite subject)and science fiction that I could come across. The book Asimov's Chronology of Science & Discovery is probably the best book of science he's ever written. This book takes the reader on the journey in history from our human ancestors up to modern times. It has all the dates,events,and the people involed in scientific discoveries and technology. Not only does it include abstract discoveries but neat facts such as when the slide rule was invented, how negative numbers where conceived, who invented LSD, and how computers came from bulky to small. To me, Asimov knew every event with the year and the person involved. Aside of what happened in the past,he kept up with the present as well.I like his work since I know that he made complex topics understandable for the general reader. Because of him, I became a genius of science! I read every single book written by him before I started to go into other works by different authors. Aside from that, He updated his work also. To sum it all up, Asimov's Chronology of Science & Discovery is the crowning achievment of science,discovery,history, and the author who can present to the general reader.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing...find one while you still can Dec 27 2008
By R. T. Rowley - Published on Amazon.com
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Asimov was a amazing treasure trove of knowledge in his own right, and was equally skilled in writing both Scientific non-Fiction and fiction. This book is no exception, and it is a shame that it has become difficult to find this amazing piece of work.

Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery is a fascinating compendium of ALL human discovery since the beginning of human society. While this may sound like a standard reference book, it is far more than that. Asimov organizes the entire book by year with a very comprehensive index. He managed to bring humor and candor, brevity and comprehensiveness, to the history of all human ingenuity in a way that causes the reader to suddenly discover that he/she has been reading for far longer than they had initially planned.

Asimov keeps the writing accessible, and had a remarkable ability to distill even the most complex of ideas and concepts into everyday language....AND still keep it interesting to read. You can open this book to any page and just start reading.

Interlaced with the wonderful descriptions of each of the small steps in human creativity and knowledge, are wonderful footnotes and minor tangents that paint a vivid picture of the world at any given point in history. You end up visualizing each of these discoveries in the context of the world at that point in history, which adds both weight and meaning to their piece of the greater puzzle of science and discovery.

In the end this book is neither a reference book nor a history book. In truth it is a little of both, but compiled and written by a remarkable author who understood how to keep a readers interest and draw parallels to everyday experience.

This is a much read for any true fans of history or science.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Asimov knew his science April 27 2000
By David N. Reiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Isaac Asimov was one of the great popularizers for science. This Chronology of the history of science just understates that we lost one of the great writers of any era when he passed away in 1992.
This book is great. It outlines all the major and most of the minor scientific discoveries. The scientific advances that worked to give us the current world we live in. With things like nuclear weapons, global warming, etc. It is super important that politicians policy makers understand science. It is sad that most of them don't think they need to know about it.
This book helps people to understand the important role that science plays in our world.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible for anyone who cares about science Nov. 21 2009
By George Copeland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I got this book many years ago as a gift, and I read it straight through like a novel. If you know a few scientific facts, this book puts everything you know in perspective with other scientific discoveries. Further, it ties science to the technology it produced, which illuminates and clarifies many social phenomena. It is a shame that this book is out of print, because it is sorely needed. Everyone should read it cover to cover, as I did, to provide context to scientific knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! July 1 2009
By Thomas B. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Really great book if your in to science and history. It gives a short and to the point description of every invention. From the beginning of life on earth (stuff we can't know for sure) and more recent scientifically proven stuff. A must have for any fans of science or anybody that's curious and doesn't have a scientific mind.
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