Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
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Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology

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Using a chronological arrangement, Asimov outlines the accomplishments of 1,510 scientists, past and present.
Hardcover, 941 pages
Published June 16th 1982 by Doubleday Books (first published 1964)
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What I learned from this book? That I want to own it! This incredible guy ties history of science to human psychology to history of everything else...and does it so so well. Liked a few of his science fiction stories/series, used his non-fiction writing for years as a basic foundation when starting a new area of study, but this book alone would be enough to make a writer's reputation.
Nov 26, 2011 Curtiss rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Curtiss by: My Dad
If asked to name the one book I would want to have with me on a desert isle, I would choose this one (in any of its editions), in which the Good Doctor covers 1510 biographies of the world's top scientists, mathematicians, inventors, and explorers from Imhotep to Dr. Carl Sagan of the TV series "Cosmos."

The Good Doctor's list of biographies originally stopped at 1000 entries, but Asimov later expanded the number of entries to 1195 so it could finish with an entry for his good friend and fellow s...more
Marleda Jones
<3 <3 <3 Because more hearts needs to be surrounding science material. And no, I didn't mean that in a mad scientist heart lab way. But yea, fuck yeah, reference that is awesome! Each entry is a short career-biased life story of the person in question. If a scientist interacts with another, their entry is cross-referenced so you can read mini-science bios all day. I really think Asimov's science books are great, and while many of them are for children, this kind of easy to access refere...more
I liked this comprehensive reference book (2d Revised Edition). It gives a detailed background on all the early scientists (astrologers, biologists, chemists, mathematicians, physicists, etc.)from Imhotep born in the 13th century to Stephen Hawking born in 1942.
Aunque leer una enciclopedia parece de locos no es una enciclopedia corriente, presenta a los inventores cronológicamente y los trata en conjunto y sus relaciones de modo que es una especie de historia de la ciencia contada por Asimov
Read this cover to cover, on a road trip from NYC to Miami and back in the 6th grade. So much I have forgotten.
Such books are useful even in these times of 'Google research.'
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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...more
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