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The Secret of the Universe

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One of America's premier science authors answers common questions about the universe, including the weight of the sun, as well as about issues closer to home, such as "How do civilizations--including our own--deteriorate?" Reprint.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 1st 1991 by Doubleday
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Jason Smith
Dec 21, 2016 Jason Smith rated it liked it
A collection of Asimov's essays originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 1989-1990. I'm a long time fan of Asimov's, but despite the free-flowing style he writes in and the structurally organized nature of the essays in parts 1 and 2, I find some to be unnecessarily dense with facts and figures without furthering the narrative.

My favorite parts of the essays focused on the narrative - a storyteller regaling discoveries I am already familiar and the process by which gre
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Javier
Dec 13, 2015 Javier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El secreto del universo es sin duda uno de los libros mas interesantes que he podido leer, no solo del propio autor sino de todos los libros que de ensayos tratan.
De una forma sencilla y amena asimov no solo nos aporta una cantidad indiscutible de conocimientos sino que tambien nos proporciona una serie de opiniones elaboradas que nos permite pensar por nosotros mismos, con independencia de si estamos de acuerdo con sus argumentos o no.
Los temas que se tratan en el libro son tan variados que van
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Leslie D. Soule
Feb 20, 2014 Leslie D. Soule rated it it was amazing
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A surprising number of misspellings in this work. However, this does not become too distracting and the work itself is fascinating for its insight and the way it debunks myths about how the universe really works. Asimov's writing flows well and this book was a fairly easy read, despite the depth of the material presented.
Andrew
Feb 18, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
good stuff. i really like his writing style, he clearly maps out his ideas (scientific or otherwise) and give an appropriate amount of background information.

makes me want to read some of his non-fiction.
Sebastian
Mar 24, 2016 Sebastian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro apasionante sobre algunos de los misterios de nuestro universo, con viajes hacia el pasado de nuestra historia y como la humanidad estudio el tema a lo largo de su desarrollo en el tiempo.
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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