Russian-born American scientist and prolific writer whose works include popular explanations of scientific principles and volumes of science fiction, including The Foundation Trilogy (1963).
Asimov, Isaac (1920-1992),
Russian-born American writer, esteemed for his science fiction and his
popular works in all branches of science. Asimov was born in Petrovichi.
His family immigrated to the United States when he was three years old,
settling in Brooklyn, New York.
Asimov published his first science-fiction novel in 1950 and his first science book in 1953. His best-known science-fiction works include _The Naked Sun_ (1957) and _The Gods Themselves_ (1972). His major science books include the Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (1964; revised 1982) and Asimov's New Guide to Science (1984), a revision of his acclaimed Intelligent Man's Guide to Science (1960). Asimov authored more than 400 books for young and adult readers, extending beyond science and science fiction to include mystery stories, humor, and history.
made it possible for man to evolve
and so exist.
The moon made it possible for him to develop mathematics and science.
The moon made it possible for him to transcend Earth and conquer space.
- Isaac Asimov - _Triumph Of The Moon_
Psychohistory deals with reactions of large human conglomerates to social and economic stimuli.
It is change, continuing
change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today.
No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account
not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. . . . This, in
turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take
on a science fictional way of thinking.
Isaac Asimov (1920-92), Russian-born U.S. author. "My Own View" (published in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, ed. by Robert Holdstock, 1978; repr. in Asimov on Science Fiction, 1981).
Individual science fiction stories may seem as
trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today-but the
core of science fiction, its essence . . . has become crucial to our salvation
if we are to be saved at all.
Isaac Asimov (1920-92), Russian-born U.S. author. "My Own View," in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (ed. by Robert Holdstock, 1978; repr. in Asimov on Science Fiction, 1981).
Isaac Asimov wrote over 500 books during his lifetime (1920-1992). He has the honor of being the only person who has authored a book in each of the Dewey Decimal System classifications.
"Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived."
"...We try to separate Past and Future and find that Time is an amalgam of both. We try to separate Good and Evil, only to find that Mind (and the Universe) is an amalgam of both. To understand, we must first grasp the Whole."
"The true delight is in the finding out, rather than in the knowing."
If nature computed, why not the entire universe? The first to put down on paper the outrageous idea of a universe-wide computer was science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. In his 1956 short story _The Last Question_, humans create a computer smart enough to bootstrap new computers smarter than itself. These analytical engines recursively grow super smarter and super bigger until they act as a single giant computer filling the universe. At each stage of development, humans ask the mighty machine if it knows how to reverse entropy. Each time it answers: "Insufficient data for a meaningful reply." The story ends when human minds merge into the ultimate computer mind, which takes over the entire mass and energy of the universe. Then the universal computer figures out how to reverse entropy and create a universe.
- Kevin Kelly