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: 480
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Planet That Wasn't”

    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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