Isaac Asimov Essay

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Isaac Asimov was a very outstanding and prolific writer in science fiction, writing over 300 books. His ideas and concepts expressed in his writings are way ahead of his time. For example, his concept of computerization; which, afterwards actually did take affect. Several factors influenced his greatness as an author, and his book Foundation, including: His time period, religion, and history.Isaac Asimov was born in 1920 in the USSR to a Jewish family. When he was three years old his family moved to America. He was always known to be very intelligent and had a passion for science. He graduated high school at fifteen and went on to Columbia University where he studied chemistry. After getting his a B.S. and an M.A. he was drafted into the military for a year. In 1948 he earned a PhD. Later he became an assistant professor at Boston University. Asimov was married twice and had two children in the first marriage. Although his family was Jewish, Asimov decided to be an atheist. He supported his belief by saying that he believes only that which reason tells him. He also said, "I don't have the evidence that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect that he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time." Foundation is a book about empire building in the universe of the future. (Current Biography p.30) Asimov concerned himself greatly with futuristic matters, especially with technological innovations. He was also greatly concerned with the evolution of man, not just the physical evolution, but also the intellectual, social, and cultural. Putting these two aspects together, he often wrote about how technology changes the evolution of humans. In his writings he wanted to stress humans as much as possible rather than technology. For example, he would emphasize more on how certain technological changes affected or had an impact on humans and how humans reacted, rather than the technological change itself. Asimov based his science fiction on the sociological changes of mankind ( ). He wrote about how this process is unstoppable which is the whole basis behind the science of psychohistory. Also, in Foundation he stresses ideas more than battles.There were two very important steps that Asimov saw for the immediate future, 1) computerization of society, and 2) the extension of our capabilities through space research and exploration (A Prophet For Our Time). He wrote about how the computer was not only necessary for the future, but the only future that would work (A Prophet For Our Time). Also, how technological advances and over-population could present a danger in the future, and how these advances could prevent these dangers. He also wrote about how humans and robotics could aid humans and how computers would work within robots. Back in the middle of this century these ideas would have been laughed at; however, they are actually being played out today. We can especially see this in the computerization of our society. Humans have become ever so dependant...

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