The Subatomic Monster

The Subatomic Monster[Read] ➲ The Subatomic Monster Author Isaac Asimov – Isaac Asimov, who has been called 'The Balzac of Science', presents this new volume of seventeen lucid, humorous and awesomely well expounded articles on a variety of topics in physics, astronomy, che Isaac Asimov, who has been called 'The Balzac of Science', presents this new volume of seventeen lucid, humorous and awesomely well expounded articles on a variety of topics in physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology and technology Here are :'The Victorious General', a well reasoned interpretation of Einstein's general theory of relativity;'Love The Subatomic PDF or Makes the World Go Round', an artful and intriguing speculation on the hidden forces that bind the universe together;'More Thinking about Thinking', a contemplation on the wonders of human and artificial intelligence;and 'Coming Full circle', a thoughtful meditation on the human heart, inspired by his own recent triple bypass surgeryEach chapter begins with a humorous, often personal anecdote, related to the subject at handThese essays are full of information, artful and charmingguaranteed to enlighten and entertain All the essays originally appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction duringand.


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  • The Subatomic Monster
  • Isaac Asimov
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  • 27 May 2019
  • 9780451625304

10 thoughts on “The Subatomic Monster

  1. Paul Weiss says:

    Dated, but still entertaining and informative

    Writing popular science effectively is definitely an art and, while many are called, few are chosen. Michio Kaku, for example, is one of those talented scientists who can speak to us lay people on our own level and make us understand whereof he speaks. Clifford Pickover, on the other hand (to name only one, in my opinion) hasn't got a clue when it comes to making his science even lucid let alone enjoyable. Unless you have a joint degree in cosmology, quantum mechanics and conformal geometry, Clifford Pickover's books are an impenetrable maze of scientific mumbo-jumbo.

    Isaac Asimov, rest the good doctor's soul, had the uncanny ability to make science light, understandable, enjoyable, informative, entertaining and at times even intuitive. And not for one second did he ever trivialize his subject or talk down to his readers.

    Like most of his books, THE SUBATOMIC MONSTER is a collection of thought-provoking essays on a myriad of topics - physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, technology and even the length of the life of the universe. Because it was written in the mid '80s, the science is, of course, somewhat dated but, in no instance, did I catch Asimov in an scientific mis-statement or an outright error that had been superseded by the mind-boggling advances that scientific research is now making on an almost daily basis.

    So, even if you think of yourself as an informed popular science reader and current on the state of today's research, re-visiting Asimov's essays is always worth the time. What a shame he isn't alive today to lend his writing expertise to telling us about 21st century physics.


    Paul Weiss

  2. Matias says:

    Como no me decidia con que libro empezar, opte por la opcion mas segura: Asimov. Por si no lo sabian, este hombre es asi como un idolo y un modelo a seguir en mas de un aspecto.
    El libro consta de un compendio de ensayos sobre diversos temas de la ciencia, entre ellos Fisica / Quimica / Astronomia / Miscelaneo. Como siempre me resulto muy facil de leer y muy llevadero. Ademas, siempre hay alguna frase o idea que me hace reir. En este caso la que mejor recuerdo es una en la que comienza hablando sobre como el amor hace girar al mundo y termina relacionandolo con gravitacion. La ultima parte se me hizo medio largo debido a que trata sobre la medicion del tiempo si los eventos relevantes se desarrollaran a lo largo de un mismo año. Por ejemplo comparando si toda la historia del
    hombre se hubiera desarrollado en un año con si toda la historia del planeta o del sistema solar se hubiera desarrollado en ese tiempo. Lo hace para dar perspectiva del tiempo transcurrido y en eso es util, pero no mas.
    De todos modos, es un libro que recomendaria ampliamente.

  3. Nathan says:

    Another great essay collection by Asimov- he says these are his favorites to write. While the edition I read had its share of typos, the overall substance of the collection was excellent. This text seemed to focus more on astronomy- and I certainly loved the essay The World of the Red Sun on why Betelgeuse cannot have life in its star system. The titular monster is the magnetic monopole (still yet to be found). The search for quantized gravity is next, in E. Pluribus Unum. Asimov then surveyed general relativity and the relatively recent evidence for Einstein's version. Love Makes the World Go Round describes millisecond pulsars and likens gravity to love, as the attractive force that causes orbit. In his chemistry section, Asimov focuses on the discovery of photosynthesis and the porphyrin structures that make plants green. More Thinking About Thinking gives an interesting early argument about how dolphins are probably smarter than humans, in a different way, and that artificial intelligence will similarly likely never compare to human thought, but exist in its own right. This brings me to my favorite essay, What Truck? which describes a 1903 article on how to get to the moon, which missed rocketry entirely. Here, Asimov presciently acknowledges that in the future his own writing may be seen as inaccurate or missing the point. Luckily, in my eyes, he has not yet missed the metaphorical truck. At last, a description of Dodge's dream of a solar plant on the moon (in 1903!), the first aeronaut who also was the first astronaut killed in flight, and two fairly derivative essays on shrinking time scales down to a year length for perspective.

  4. Eddie Moctezuma says:

    Pequeño libro que reúne ensayos de diferentes temas como física, química, biología, tecnología. Cada uno introducido por alguna anécdota que vivió Isaac de una forma chistosa y amena.

    Ensayos interesantes, algunos quizá un poco densos (sobretodo física, que siempre se me ha hecho difícil) pero con muchos datos históricos que al menos a mi me gustan. Donde explican el Por qué, cuándo, dónde o quién descubrió/experimento muchas de las cosas actuales.

    Lei comentarios un poco malos sobre la parte final del libro sobre los Calendarios pero a mi me gustaron ya que dan un panorama de la cantidad de tiempo que ha pasado desde que comenzó todo....literal TODO

  5. James LeMay says:

    I never liked Asimov's sf novels much but love his non fiction. Here is another collection of his essays explaining the world and the universe to thickos like me. The great thing about him is that he can do just that, he can explain the most complicated thing in a simple enough way that even I can understand it (kind of). For me this was his greatest talent, as a teacher.

  6. Pedro Pastor says:

    Otra gran obra didáctica del genio Asimov. Imprescindibles ensayos científicos, esculpidos con soltura, amenos, y aunque hayan pasado los años, imperecederos por su certeza descriptiva de las temáticas de ciencia que aborda.

  7. Polifemo says:

    Isaac Asimov ha sido el escritor de temas de divulgación científica más conocido de todos los tiempos. Su fama se debe a su capacidad para simplificar los conceptos científicos más complejos sin banalizarlos, y a la gran cantidad de libros que ha escrito. Buena prueba de todo ello es esta obra, una colección de ensayos sobre diversos temas científicos que despertarán la curiosidad del lector y aclararán muchas de sus dudas sobre ámbitos científicos que en la actualidad experimentan grandes avances. En El monstruo subatómico se tratan temas de física, astronomía, química, biología y tecnología. Asimov nos sorprende de nuevo terminando el libro con una original cronología de diversos acontecimientos en la historia del mundo y el Universo.

  8. Alpixels says:

    Un conjunto de ensayos sobre la ciencia hasta los 80's. En general un libro muy ameno, salvo la ultima parte (la definición de años) que en lo particular se me hizo tediosa.
    De cualquier manera, una buena lectura para todo público.

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