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An edition of The Roving Mind (1983)

The roving mind

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Isaac Asimov's death on April 6, 1992, was a great loss to the world of literary science and freethought. The prolific author's vision is unmatched today, and his pointed honesty shines through in The Roving Mind, now reissued in this special tribute edition.

This collection of essays is wide-ranging, reflecting Asimov's extraordinary skill in disseminating knowledge from across the spectrum of human thought. Some of the areas explored in this volume of 62 essays include creationism, pseudoscience, censorship, population, philosophy of science, transportation, computers and corporations of the future, and astronomy. His predictions about cloning which has only recently become the topic of public debate the theory of "technophobia," and other scientific developments are astounding. In a lighter tone, Asimov includes several personal stories from his life including thoughts on his style of writing and memories of family in younger days.

With tributes by Arthur C. Clarke, L. Sprague de Camp, Harlan Ellison, Kendrick Frazier, Martin Gardner, Donald Goldsmith, Stephen Jay Gould, E. C. Krupp, Frederik Pohl, and Carl Sagan

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Cover of: The roving mind
The roving mind
1997, Prometheus Books
in English - Rev. ed.
Cover of: The roving mind
The roving mind
1987, Oxford University Press
in English
Cover of: The roving mind
The roving mind
1983, Prometheus Books
in English
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The roving mind.
1983, Prometheus Books
in English

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Amherst, N.Y


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Library of Congress
Q173 .A78 1997, Q173.A78 1997

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xxix, 350 p. ;
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Collection of essays

Part I: The religious radicals
The army of the night
Creationism and the schools
The Reagan doctrine
The blind who would lead
Creeping censorship
Losing the debate

Part II: Other aberrations
The harvest of intelligence
That old-time violence
Little green men or not?
Don't you believe?
Open mind?
The role of the heretic

Part III: Population
The good earth is dying
The price of survival
Letter to a newborn child

Part IV: Science: Opinion
What have you done for us lately?
Is it wise for us to contact advanced civilizations?
Pure and impure
Do we regulate science?
For public understanding of science
Science corps
Science and beauty
Art and science
The fascination of science
Sherlock Holmes as chemist

Part V: Science: Explanation
The global jigsaw
The inconstant sun
The sky of the satellites
The surprises of Pluto
Neutron stars
Black holes
Faster than light
Beyond the universe
Life on earth

Part VI: The future
Transportation and the future
The corporation of the future
The future of collecting
The computerized world
The individualism to come
The coming age of age
The decade of decision
Do you want to be cloned?
the hotel of the future
The future of plants
Bacterial engineering
Flying in time to come
The ultimate in communication
His own particular drummer
The future of exploration
Homo Obsoletus?
Volatiles for the life of luna
Touring the moon
Life on a space settlement
Payoff in space

Part VII: Personal
I am a signpost
The word-processor and I
A question of speed
A question of spelling
My father

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