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Asimov's New Guide To Science

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  324 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Asimov tells the stories behind the science: the men and women who made the important discoveries and how they did it. Ranging from Galilei, Achimedes, Newton and Einstein, he takes the most complex concepts and explains it in such a way that a first-time reader on the subject feels confident on his/her understanding.
Hardcover, 940 pages
Published October 1st 1985 by Basic Books (NY) (first published 1960)
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I was a biological secret weapon, or, what did you do in the Cold War Daddy?

It occurred to me yesterday that, while still a teen, I acted as a guinea-pig in two large social engineering experiments. One of them started when I was about 14, and was concerned with chess. Paul was asking the other day, apropos a Kasparov review, what would have happened if other countries had tried to organise a chess infrastructure similar to the one the Soviet Union built up, and systematically nurtured young tal
I had previously avoided Asimov's non-fiction books because he never seems to be mentioned in popular science circles: I assumed that his science was of the ''dumbed-down'' variety. How wrong I was. This book takes a grand Asimovian sweep across the entire world of science and covers every area: no book I have ever read has communicated so vividly the wonder of science as a whole and not simply an area of it such as chemistry or biology. I don't know how many times I found myself thinking ''ah, ...more
This is, quite possibly, the best history of science ever written. I would recommend the hard cover (1984) edition if you can find it, as the paperback edition that is still in print has slightly fewer pages. I'm not sure if this means it is missing something or not. In any case, the book is a very thorough history of science up to about 1980, with an extensive biographical index and a subject index. I refer back to it all the time when preparing my lectures. The coverage is by subject rather th ...more
David Bonesteel
In addition to being a legendary science-fiction writer, Isaac Asimov is one of the most successful science popularizers of all time, and this book demonstrates why. In it, he delivers a comprehensive, well-organized, well-written survey of the known sciences as of the time of publication. But, since that time was over twenty years ago, is his book still worth reading today? Of course, it is! This is because Asimov takes a historical approach, first explaining the initial questions that puzzled ...more
Jared Della Rocca
First of all, this title is hilarious, for the reason that it this fourth edition was written in 1984. So the "New" Guide to Science is 30 years old now. Unfortunately, it was the last one he wrote, and so the one I have to utilize for my review.

This is not a book meant to be read cover-to-cover. Let me set that out there straightaway, for anyone who thinks this may be an interesting read. It's nearly 900 pages covering approximately 17 major areas of science, and about 100 subcategories. Asimo
Khurram Solangi
Fantastic, abridged chronological history of scientific advancements.
Mauricio Cardona
I'm on page 50 and I've learned about the Parallax theory which states the distance between stars. I also learned that in the universe there is a center not literaly the center but where the main rotation is which is called the galactic center and in this there are globular lusters meaning pack of stars and they determine there rotation speed by the galactic center meaning its rotation compared to the stars. Finding the velocity of an eliptical stars orbit by the Dopplers theory is called radial ...more
As a grown up science kid this book was like catnip to me. Asimov fans will clearly recognize the clear, straightforward prose that characterized most of his fiction and virtually all of his non-fiction.

I read Volume One of the original 1960 edition of this two-volume work - which covers the "hard" sciences - Chemisry, Physics, Astronomy, etc.

I was astonished at how well the Good Doctor wove a historical narrative for each discipline - later chapters made frequent reference to earlier ones. I
David B
In addition to being a legendary science-fiction writer, Isaac Asimov is one of the most successful science popularizers of all time, and this book demonstrates why. In it, he delivers a comprehensive, well-organized, well-written survey of the known sciences as of the time of publication. But, since that time was over twenty years ago, is his book still worth reading today? Of course, it is! This is because Asimov takes a historical approach, first explaining the initial questions that puzzled ...more
Rodrigo Reyes
This book got me into science and the beauty of knowledge.I read it when I was 13 years old.It is a huge book, but I highly recommend it to anyone that desires to dive in scientific knowledge.
Herman G.
I read this book (in Spanish) when I was about 15 years old. I decided to read it again, this time in English, and I don't regret it at all. This book should be mandatory in high schools.
Dr Asimov wrote this book as a way for the average layperson to understand science from its humblest beginnings to where we are at now. The material is dated now, having been written decades ago, but it is still worthwhile. Asimov wrote in an easy way that could simplify complex topics. He was entertaining and could make the driest subject something of interest.

I own a hardcover of this book. If you're looking for a book similar to this one, I would recommend Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Ne
Nov 24, 2008 Brian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Although it is now dated... this is still an excellent book about the history of science. Covering the major branches, it attempts to bring the average layperson up to our current scientific understandings. Asimov wanted to write sequels to this book every so often so that it would keep abreast, but unfortunately, he passed away. This book is one of the reasons that I truly miss this author.

The closest book I have found to this one is "A History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson (also recomme
Vaibhav Bahadur
The book is great for beginners in science. Even though out-dated in some parts it does provide the comprehensive analysis of science, its theories and its history. It is hard (takes time) to consume but is very interesting. Within those 800 odd pages you cover quite a lote of the known universe and its meaning to the current intellectual human being. It is a book in a story mode (everything is realted) is in continuation and a step by step realization of science.
Sarah Hurt
Feb 17, 2012 Sarah Hurt is currently reading it
I will always be 'currently reading' this book. It's not one I'm ever likely to read all the way through but it is very interesting. It makes sciency things seem really easy to understand!
This is a tremendous read - its depth and breath of coverage is impressive. Highly recommended
This is the best one-volume overview of Science I've ever come across.
Amazing. One of the best science books I have ever read.
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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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