The Tyrannosaurus Prescription and 100 Other Essays4.04 · Rating details · 68 Ratings · 4 Reviews
America's most revered science writer is represented here by one hundred and one previously uncollected essays and ruminations.
The Tyrannosaurus Prescription demonstrates the full range of Isaac Asimov's imagination: his lively discussions of science fiction, future space adventures, inner space discoveries, rediscoveries of our hidden past, and even what to do when the prAmerica's most revered science writer is represented here by one hundred and one previously uncollected essays and ruminations.
The Tyrannosaurus Prescription demonstrates the full range of Isaac Asimov's imagination: his lively discussions of science fiction, future space adventures, inner space discoveries, rediscoveries of our hidden past, and even what to do when the present state of the world is just too oppressive - his "Tyrannosaurus Prescription."
Asimov fans will find gems of every kind in this far-roving collection. The section on "Science" provides thirteen pieces on the planets; unstable atomic nuclei; Einstein, "the one-man revolution"; and dinosaurs.
"SciQuest" includes twenty of Asimov's best columns for SciQuest magazine, many of which vividly describe the inspiring struggles of great scientists - William Herschel, Michael Faraday, Joseph Henry, Ernest Rutherford, and others.
Asimov's awesome grasp of culture - ancient and modern - is on display in "Foreword by Isaac Asimov."
A special treat are two highly personal autobiographical essays, co-authored with his wife, Janet, that reveal the writer to be as eccentric as he is sane, as all-here as he is visionary....more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Prometheus Books (first published 1977)
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2carlymMay 20, 2010, 11:33am
That is pretty awesome!
3varielleMay 20, 2010, 11:45am
I don't suppose he had some sort of OCD obsession which caused him to try and tackle Mr. Dewey did he? Is there any other author who can compare with this scope?
4NickeliniMay 20, 2010, 11:55am
Wow. And I'm equally impressed that you got all the touchstones working. Well done.
5_Zoe_May 20, 2010, 11:57am
I'm definitely impressed!
6fundevogelMay 20, 2010, 1:18pm
I don't know how he came to fill every class. I'm guessing it just happened with writing a metric ton of books, a decent percentage of which are non fiction. It seems like a lot of his books were compiled later from essays he wrote for magazines (probably with a lot of overlap) and I suspect there are a fair number of children's books in his repertoire. The thing is there are still well over 1000 books on his Library Thing page. It's hard to imagine one person writing so much, even when you account for collections and childrens books. It makes me wonder if he had a lot of assistance.
7loraxMay 20, 2010, 1:22pm
fundevogel, Asimov's LT page includes a huge number of short stories, including some uncombined translations; a number of anthologies he edited; lots of overlapping anthologies; and probably some individually-listed non-fiction essays, as well. Prolific, but not as much so as you'd think if you naively assumed all the entries to be distinct book-length works.
8fundevogelMay 20, 2010, 1:27pm
I remember the short works, I just forgot to mention them. It's still a staggering number of books though. One I still suspect would be very high for any author.
9scout13fox11AJun 24, 2013, 2:24pm
He only covered 9 areas.
The Human Brain doesn't go in the Philosophy section.
10NielsenGWJun 24, 2013, 2:59pm
It's true -- The Human Brain needs to move to DDC 612.
The closest Asimov ever came to a book in the 100s was a book entitled Psychology Today by Jay Braun and Darwyn Linder. Poor ol' Isaac was relegated to writing all the chapter introductions and didn't merit full co-author status. He also wrote a foreword for In Pursuit of Truth, a philosophy festschrift.
11mkboylanJun 25, 2013, 11:38pm
This is such fun!
12quintanarSep 5, 2014, 3:52pm
I don´t see the sciencie fiction series
13fundevogelSep 11, 2014, 11:33pm
I think it's safe to say they're all 813.