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ISAAC ASIMOV SIGNED TYPESCRIPT, BREAKTHROUGHS IN SCIENCE, ARCHIMEDES

$325.00

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He had an "ardent desire to write popular science for an America that might be in great danger through its neglect of science, and a number of publishers got an equally ardent desire to publish popular science for the same reason"

Isaac Asimov (1920-92) Signed "Breakthroughs In Science" Typescript, “Isaac Asimov", 8.5 x 11, 2 pgs., large signature in blue ballpoint, by the American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer who wrote or edited more than 500 books. The typescript is excerpted from Asimov's 1959 book, "Breakthroughs in Science", which covered twenty-six far-reaching discoveries and the twenty-nine scientists who made them - from Archimedes, who boasted he could move the world, to Goddard, who sent the first liquid-fuel rocket toward space. These men of vision and genius set their sights beyond the known to bring about hold advances in scientific thinking and enlarge our knowledge of man and his environment. In Part: "...Archimedes of Syracuse, the greatest scientist of the ancient world...Archimedes was different from the Greek scientist and mathematicians who had preceded him, great as they were, Archimedes went beyond them in imagination. For instance, to work out the areas enclosed by certain curves, he adapted existing methods of computation and, came up with a system that resembled integral calculus. This was nearly two thousand years before Isaac Newton devised the modern calculus...Most important, Archimedes did what no man before him had done: he applied science to the problems of practical, everyday life. The great Greek mathematicians before Archimedes - Thales, Pythagoras, Eudoxus, Euclid...One of Archimedes' early achievements was setting up the abstract theory that explains the basic mechanics of the lever...." In fine condition, with a paper clip impression at the top of each page.

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