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The Beginning and the End

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  107 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Paperback, 253 pages
Published December 1st 1978 by Not Avail (first published 1977)
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Apurva
May 27, 2011 Apurva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must for any high school science student. The chapter on oceans should be a chapter in every high schoold textbook of Chemistry. To put a perspective, he takes every common element available during the formation of the planet and describes how each of those major elements would interact to form the planets at various distances from the sun or their own star, and what sort of compositions would those planets have due to all those elements and their interactions and possible stable states depend ...more
Emily
Feb 24, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Asimov's collection of essays reprinted from various publications touches on topics such as chemistry, physics, electronics and astronomy as well as the philosophy of humanity's usage and development of these sciences. I have to admit that I didn't read them all in their entirety, but rather started them and read until I got bored or my head hurt to much. I am not personally well-versed in any of these areas, and so learned quite a bit. However, the information is rather dated especially in elec ...more
David Debacher
I didn't actually read this book. I read a very little bit of it and decided that it wasn't for me. However, I can't find out how to communicate as much to Goodreads. The only options seem to be to either mark the book as "read," or move it back to my "want to read" list (which is just as misleading, as I do not actually want to read it). So if anybody knows how to take a book off of my "shelf" without marking it as "read," please let me know so I can stop writing nonsense reviews that aren't ac ...more
Max
Nov 08, 2011 Max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: front
I likely bought this book in the late 70's early 80's because it was by Asimov but it languished on my shelves for a decade at least because I thought that it was "only" non-fiction and would not be as much as fun as fiction. What an embarrassingly large error that turned out to be. Asimov is the world's best essayist. At least there are none better. Get it. Read it. Hurry. :)
Kham
Jan 05, 2008 Kham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This guy was the brainiest dude ever. Just read the book and you'll agree, and you'll learn a whole heck of a lot about science--
Dan
Jul 26, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bin1
Back in the '70s, Asimov predicted a lot of stuff, like the Internet, the space station, cell phones and Skype.
Dale Rosso
Jan 05, 2014 Dale Rosso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Interesting collection of short stories by one of the classic SF authors.
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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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