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Exploring the Earth and the Cosmos

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  74 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Kirkus Review - "The title, though accurate, does not catch the flavor of this latest Asimov--which reveals his fascination with limits and man's ""restless desire"" to push beyond. As preamble, Asimov reviews human physical limitations: horizons defined by human eyes, legs, and so on. Then, in true Baconian scientific spirit, he celebrates the experiments, methods, and me ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published December 12th 1988 by Random House Value Publishing (first published January 1st 1982)
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Pierre Fortier
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Résumé expéditif de l'histoire scientifique sur le temps, l'espace, la matière et l'énergie. Un rappel des éléments fondamentaux de la recherche appris sur les bancs d'école à la fin de notre adolescence. Rafraîchissement intellectuel.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I didn't really know what this book was about, or what to expect from a non-fiction Asimov book. Turns out it's basically a lesson in orders of magnitude. He does some light explanation of the earth's history, and has a lot of comparisons to help you grasp the numbers involved. I think it's a great introductory book, even if slightly outdated. It amused me that he said that the Fahrenheit system is only in use in the United States of America, and even here it's fading (he said this in 1982). I d ...more
Pretty underrated book given the research needed to actually write it. The first couple of chapters were a bit boring to me but once things got more scientific (horizons of space and such), Isaac mentioned some very interesting theories. Great book for whoever wants to realize how unaware we are of our surroundings and horizons.
Oct 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
550 A Asimov has the gift of making astronomy understandable to a science dolt like myself, using parallels to simpler things, (The earth's mountains don't stick out anymore than the nicks on a pool ball, etc.)
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asimov writes about the universe in a non-fiction format. He was a master at many disciples and the work is very educational and easy to 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 one of the most prolific writers 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 o
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