Asimov on Chemistry

Asimov on Chemistry None

  • Title: Asimov on Chemistry
  • Author: Isaac Asimov
  • ISBN: 9780385041003
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. What Asimov did best was to explain science to nonscientists--and he was breathtakingly good at it.This is a series of articles he wrote from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s, with some update postscripts from 1974, when they were bound in book form.The article on global warming is the most lucid and quantitative explanation I've ever read--and he published it in January 1959.

    2. In schools, chemistry is taught very artificially. Consider a typical question students might ponder: what is paradimethylaminobenzaldehyde? The "correct" answer has to do with tertiary amine and partially oxidised carbon set to opposing sides of an aromatic ring. The correct answer, alas, is also hopelessly disconnected from anything tangible.Asimov is (was :/ ) one of the greatest writers in science because, unlike most educators, he treats the subject matter as a true scientist: always seekin [...]

    3. The author explains in the forward that his first 5 collections of science articles from F&SF were being taken out of print in hardcover and, to replace those books, someone got the idea of sorting the essays in those 5 books by subject (e.g. which science they talked about). I don't have a problem with rereading or skipping essays that I've read, so I enjoyed this.

    4. With the best will in the world, I couldn't get into this. Asimov had a PhD in chemistry, as I recall, but chemistry has always been that branch of science that has left me absolutely cold, and even Asimov can't make it interesting - although things do improve once he starts relating it to biology.As always, the most interesting parts of Asimov science books are the asides - the little pieces of strange history, the character sketches of scientists. I would have liked more, to leaven the deadly [...]

    5. Between this book and several of Asimov's other books about Chemistry, the Good Doctor enabled me to pass eight credits' worth of college Chemistry without taking more than a single High School Chemistry course.

    6. A very good read. This book should be included in the supplementary reading list of schools, if not a text book!

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

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