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Isaac Asimov's Guide to Earth and Space

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A wide-ranging exploration of our universe -- from "what makes the wind blow?" to "how was the moon formed?" -- in questions-and-answer format, written in vintage Asimov style. "A fine introduction to modern astronomical theory." -- LIBRARY JOURNAL
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 23rd 1992 by Fawcett (first published 1988)
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Aug 30, 2016 Nicolás rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Fascinante viaje, cuantas cosas ignoraba y cuantas tantas más... ahora tienen toda mi atención. Podría escribir un review de 2,5 años luz (chiste) pero prefiero que lo lean, leanlo como un libro introductorio a nuestro planeta y el espacio, al mejor estilo de Asimov, Asimov tiene infinidad de libros publicados que honestamente da a pensar que quizás algunos de sus libros solo actuó como un editor/revisor de lo escrito por algun o algunos colaboradores(por ejemplo, la esposa de Asimov es ...more
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Jun 02, 2015 Kavya Chilukuri rated it it was amazing
Back in school, I used to find certain concepts regarding the
universe slightly beyond my understanding,
probably the massiveness of its scope combined with the
lack of knowledge as to the Hows, Whys and Whats played
a role in this.
Asimov on the other hand simply takes up a topic and explains the
the concept along with the story behind the discovery / need for it.
True to its name, this book really serves as a guide to space.
It is a must read for anyone who would like to be introduced to the working
Dewayne Stark
Nov 18, 2016 Dewayne Stark rated it really liked it
Been a while since reading Isaac. Good basics but dated because of tech advances such as the Hubble Telescope and placing items on Mars.
Jeff Fabrizio
Feb 14, 2015 Jeff Fabrizio rated it it was amazing
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Excellent introductory book for those who are interested in all aspects of Earth and space, from geology to astrophysics. This book is broken into easily digestible chunks of no more than a couple of pages on the various subjects you may (or may not) have asked yourself about the planet we live on, the solar system it is part of, the galaxy we're in, and the universe itself.

Isaac Asimov has been called "The Great Explainer" for good reason; he's capable of taking the most dense material and exp
Dec 15, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
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Isaac Asimov is probably my favorite sci-fi author of all time, and he is no less spectacular in writing scientific non-fiction. Asimov's 'Guide to Earth and Space' is something everyone should read. There are no stories, other than a few anecdotes about famous scientists, it's just straight up facts about the universe.

Asimov starts at home base - Earth - and throughout the book he covers topics that become gradually broader in cosmic scale, until he addresses questions about nearly unfathomable
Senthil Kumaran
May 31, 2012 Senthil Kumaran rated it it was amazing
This is Asimov’s non-fiction writing. His writing is very lucid and it tries to bring back the questions that a curious child wonders when standing outside and looking at the night sky. Questions like, “What are those shiny things?, Why is it there?, Why is not falling?, Why are so many of them there?, Why is it dark now?, Is sun asleep?, When we travel in a scooter how come moon is also traveling along with us?Can we race ahead of it?”. Those are just fun and very valid questions. Asimov tries ...more
Clarence Bakirtzidis
This book is a bit like Dummy's Guide to Earth and Space; however, if you are a total beginner to astronomy and astrophysics then it's a great place to start. Asimov covers topics right from the basics and builds on that body of knowledge with just over 100 short chapters. A nice aspect to the book is that he describes how our understanding and beliefs of the Earth, Sun, stars, and universe evolved and then moves on to talk about modern astronomy and our current understanding of the universe.
Sep 20, 2008 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in astronomy
Very informative book about astronomy. Provides lots of info about scientific discoveries and explains questions regarding the universe in terms fairly easy to understand. Emphasizes aspects of historical science as well as more modern technologies (however, the book is about 17 years old, so not all information is up-to-date). Overall, a very enjoyable book for anyone interesting in the amazing world we're a part of!
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it
This is one of the many non fiction writings of the prolific and good writer, and it is worth a read especially if you are not a professional or qualified but non practising physicist - and perhaps even then.
Jan 23, 2009 Shabnam rated it liked it
this is from my isaac asimov's collection. i used to read all asimov's books when i was child ,it is a good book for guidance school and highschool students.the world we live in is very big ,the book gives insite about our world
Nov 23, 2012 Aishwarya rated it really liked it
Its an interesting book. this is one among Asimov's best non-fiction book. it updates us with the general basics of astronomy(space and earth).
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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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