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The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
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The beauty of Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, is that rather than dealing with hard physical science and space adventures, it deals with statistics, game theory and other mathematical applications of human psychology and as such Asimov has written a beautiful work on the basics of human being and society. The main focal point of the Foundation Trilogy is always the mathematical course of humanity, so expect no space fights, the weapon most common in Foundation Trilogy is the mind who can see through things.
The first book (Foundation) deals with the rise of the Foundation and how even after it has forgotten all the mathematics upon which it is founded continues to stay on course due to the cleverness of certain key individuals and because of certain inevitable decisions (made in the context of strict inevitable situations) the Foundations finds its rise to dominance.
The second book (Foundation and Empire) has two parts, the first of which deals with the remains out of the old empire trying to regain galactic control; the second and central part deals with the introduction of an uncalculated factor, a mutant known as the Mule vying for total domination.
The Third book (Second Foundation) deals with the Mule and later on the First Foundation, searching for the enigmatic Second Foundation which has true mathematical and psychological superiority which is said to dominate the galaxy.
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