The Planet That Wasn't

From astronomy to rainbows to GodThe astonishing story of the planet Vulcan, an astronomical oddity that intrigued scientists for over a century, is the jummping off point for Isaac Asimov in the scintillating, easy to understand explorations of everything from ecology and space colonies to witchcraft and UFOs.Here is Asimov at his best, where his wide ranging intellect caFrom astronomy to rainbows to GodThe astonishing story of the planet Vulcan, an astronomical oddity that intrigued scientists for over a century, is the jummping off point for Isaac Asimov in the scintillating, easy to understand explorations of everything from ecology and space colonies to witchcraft and UFOs.Here is Asimov at his best, where his wide ranging intellect can play with such amazingly eclectic topics as the notorious Martian canals, the possibility of life on the Jovian sattelite Titan, the deadly dangers of cholesterol and aerosol cans, the smell of electricity, and nine explanations for the Star of Bethlehem Equally amazing is the manner in which his stories unfold, from a lovely description of how rainbows are made, to the water clear logic in his refutation of the judo arguments scientific proofs of the existence of God Provocative, entertaining, and, as always, generously interspersed with sparkling Asimov wit, The Planet That Wasn t debunks old myths and offers fresh perspectives on the wonders of our solar system and ourselves from the back cover of the Avon paperback edition
The Planet That Wasn t From astronomy to rainbows to GodThe astonishing story of the planet Vulcan an astronomical oddity that intrigued scientists for over a century is the jummping off point for Isaac Asimov in the scin

  • Title: The Planet That Wasn't
  • Author: Isaac Asimov
  • ISBN: 9780380018130
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Planet The eight known planets of the Solar System The terrestrial planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars The giant planets Jupiter and Saturn Uranus and Neptune Shown in order from the Sun and in true color Sizes are not to scale. Solar System Planets Order of the or Planets However, astronomers are now hunting for another planet in our solar system, a true ninth planet, after evidence of its existence was unveiled on Jan , The so called Planet Nine, as scientists are calling it, is about times the mass of Earth and , times the mass of Pluto. What Is a Planet And Why Pluto Doesn t Fit the Definition The IAU has only accepted five objects as dwarf planet so far Ceres, Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea But there are many other worlds that could one day be classified as dwarf planets according to their characteristics, such as Quaoar, Sedna, Orcus or Salacia. The Planets Interesting Facts about the Eight Planets The Planets of the Solar System This website is an easy to follow overview of the historical, scientific, cultural and mythological facts of our solar system Topics include space facts , the planets , galaxies , black holes and other objects found in the solar system. Planet Company Planet Labs is founded by ex NASA scientists, Will Marshall, Robbie Schingler, and Chris Boshuizen, with a goal to use space to help life on Earth The founders and a small group of physicist and engineers began building Planet s first satellite in a garage in Cupertino, California. Planet definition of planet by The Free Dictionary Like a planet, a dwarf planet orbits the sun, is large enough to assume a nearly round shape, and does not orbit a planet as our Moon does But a dwarf planet does not clear the neighborhood around its orbit and may cross the paths of other objects orbiting the sun. Planet Facts Interesting Facts about the Planets Planet Facts There are planets in our solar system, they are Mercury , Venus , Earth , Mars , Jupiter , Saturn , Uranus and Neptune With the exception of Neptune and Uranus the other planets can be seen unaided and all are visible with a small telescope or binoculars. Opinion What About the Planet The New York Times Oct , Our two major political parties are at odds on many issues, but nowhere is the gap bigger or consequential than on climate If Hillary Clinton wins, she will move forward with the Obama Venus Venus is a terrestrial planet and is sometimes called Earth s sister planet because of their similar size, mass, proximity to the Sun, and bulk composition It is radically different from Earth in other respects.

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    1. I've not read many Isaac Asimov collections or books - a few articles here and there up to this point. I was pleased by the diversity of topics in this book, despite being a person who tends to prefer a novel to short stories or articles. A few things that struck me - the discussion on chlorofluorocarbons was one of the clearest I've ever read, and since this book was published in 1976, action has actually been taken to limit the further release of CFCs into the atmosphere, primarily in changing [...]

    2. Please see my review ofX Stands for Unknown ([/book/show/98]) for general comments on Isaac Asimov's science essays. The Planet That Wasn't, a collection of essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction spanning December 1974 through April 1976, is on the whole, surprisingly mediocre, given the high proportion of skeptical essays criticizing, and occasionally lampooning, pseudoscience and religious enforcement of ignorance. Three notable essays stand out, and in all three Asimov highli [...]

    3. Brillante! Luego de haber repasado tres decenas de libros del buen doctor hace casi una década es un placer encontrar algún libro de ensayo que había pasado por alto y reencontrarse con su prosa limpia, clara e iluminadora, lo que siempre un placer. Esta colección de ensayos, a diferencia de muchos otros, planea algunas opiniones sobre religión, ciencia y pseudo-ciencia que vale la pena leerlos. Y los ensayos científicos, aunque fueron escritos en 1974, aun son tan frescos como cuando fuer [...]

    4. All right, any of Asimov's non-fiction collections are great. Pure genius. The man could teach/explain just about anything. Reading these books again revealed to me where much of my teaching style at work came from.Essays range from physics to chemistry to biology, sociology, religion and more. Each essay holds some nugget of insight and I laughed out loud more than once. Yeah, that makes me a geek as I was laughing at humour found within essay's re: math and physics.Glad I decided to dive back [...]

    5. One of my favorite books. Complex and interesting concepts from astronomy and gravitational pulls to molecules and the ozone layer, explained in clear yet dramatic prose.

    6. Another excellent collection of science essays from Asimov's contributions to F&SF magazine. Highly recommended.

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