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Reads tagged with “Isaac Asimov”

Against Cynicism: Isaac Asimov on the Case for Optimism about the Human Spirit
Against Cynicism: Isaac Asimov on the Case for Optimism about the Human Spirit

Why cynicism is, above all, a disservice to our own happiness.

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Why Science-Fiction Writers Are So Good at Predicting the Future
Why Science-Fiction Writers Are So Good at Predicting the Future

“At its core, good science fiction must rest on good science.”

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Isaac Asimov’s Wise and Witty Response to Those Who Question the Value of Investing in Space Exploration
Isaac Asimov’s Wise and Witty Response to Those Who Question the Value of Investing in Space Exploration

“The people of the United States spend exactly as much money on booze alone as on the space program.”

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Isaac Asimov’s Fan Mail to Young Carl Sagan
Isaac Asimov’s Fan Mail to Young Carl Sagan

“You are my idea of a good writer because you have an unmannered style, and when I read what you write, I hear you talking.”

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Isaac Asimov on Curiosity, Taking Risk, and the Value of Space Exploration in Muppet Magazine
Isaac Asimov on Curiosity, Taking Risk, and the Value of Space Exploration in Muppet Magazine

“To make discoveries, you have to be curious about why the universe is the way it is.”

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Isaac Asimov on the Thrill of Lifelong Learning, Science vs. Religion, and the Role of Science Fiction in Advancing Society
Isaac Asimov on the Thrill of Lifelong Learning, Science vs. Religion, and the Role of Science Fiction in Advancing Society

“It’s insulting to imply that only a system of rewards and punishments can keep you a decent human being.”

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Lord Byron’s Epic Poem “Don Juan,” Annotated by Isaac Asimov and Illustrated by Milton Glaser
Lord Byron’s Epic Poem “Don Juan,” Annotated by Isaac Asimov and Illustrated by Milton Glaser

Three of history’s greatest geniuses converge around some of the finest satire ever written.

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Religion vs. Humanism: Isaac Asimov on Science and Spirituality
Religion vs. Humanism: Isaac Asimov on Science and Spirituality

“The soft bonds of love are indifferent to life and death.”

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Happy Birthday, Jean-Jacques Rousseau: 21 Essential Reads on Education
Happy Birthday, Jean-Jacques Rousseau: 21 Essential Reads on Education

Bertrand Russell, Richard Feynman, Susan Sontag, Noam Chomsky, Isaac Asimov, Kio Stark, and more.

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What Is Science? From Feynman to Sagan to Asimov to Curie, an Omnibus of Definitions
What Is Science? From Feynman to Sagan to Asimov to Curie, an Omnibus of Definitions

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious — the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

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