Asimov on chemistry

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1974 - Science - 267 pages
Asimov ventures into the realms of biochemistry, geochemistry, and inorganic, organic, and nuclear chemistry in articles considering the men, theories, and discoveries that fostered the development of chemical science

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ASIMOV ON CHEMISTRY

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A recycling of Asimov's articles on chemistry originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The essays range from space-fillers (on the similarity of scientific jargon rhythms ... Read full review

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I read this book in grade school and I remember it having a strong impression on me- I went on to become a professor of biochemistry and this book did manage to spark an early interest. The essays on ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
17
The Element of Perfection
35
Welcome Stranger
49
Death in the Laboratory
61
To Tell a Chemist
77
The Evens Have
93
You Too Can Speak Gaelic
109
The Hastemakers
123
Not as We Know
174
3
184
Recipe for a Planet
187
20
193
GENERAL
201
The Nobelmen of Science
215
The Isaac Winners
238
48
251

Lifes Bottleneck
137
The Egg and
147
Thats Life
158
77
259
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About the author (1974)

Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia, on January 2, 1920. His family emigrated to the United States in 1923 and settled in Brooklyn, New York, where they owned and operated a candy store. Asimov became a naturalized U.S. citizen at the age of eight. As a youngster he discovered his talent for writing, producing his first original fiction at the age of eleven. He went on to become one of the world's most prolific writers, publishing nearly 500 books in his lifetime. Asimov was not only a writer; he also was a biochemist and an educator. He studied chemistry at Columbia University, earning a B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. In 1951, Asimov accepted a position as an instructor of biochemistry at Boston University's School of Medicine even though he had no practical experience in the field. His exceptional intelligence enabled him to master new systems rapidly, and he soon became a successful and distinguished professor at Columbia and even co-authored a biochemistry textbook within a few years. Asimov won numerous awards and honors for his books and stories, and he is considered to be a leading writer of the Golden Age of science fiction. While he did not invent science fiction, he helped to legitimize it by adding the narrative structure that had been missing from the traditional science fiction books of the period. He also introduced several innovative concepts, including the thematic concern for technological progress and its impact on humanity. Asimov is probably best known for his Foundation series, which includes Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. In 1966, this trilogy won the Hugo award for best all-time science fiction series. In 1983, Asimov wrote an additional Foundation novel, Foundation's Edge, which won the Hugo for best novel of that year. Asimov also wrote a series of robot books that included I, Robot, and eventually he tied the two series together. He won three additional Hugos, including one awarded posthumously for the best non-fiction book of 1995, I. Asimov. "Nightfall" was chosen the best science fiction story of all time by the Science Fiction Writers of America. In 1979, Asimov wrote his autobiography, In Memory Yet Green. He continued writing until just a few years before his death from heart and kidney failure on April 6, 1992.

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