Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov wrote hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction writers during his lifetime.
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When however the lay public rallies round an idea that is denounced by distinguished but elderly scientists and supports that idea with great fervor and emotion - the distinguished but elderly scientists are then after all probably right
If I am right then [religious fundamentalists] will not go to Heaven because there is no Heaven. If THEY are right then they will not go to Heaven because they are hypocrites.
In 1936 I first wrote science fiction. It was a long-winded attempt at writing an endless novel...which died. I remember one sentence "Whole forests stood sere and brown in midsummer".
John Dalton's records carefully preserved for a century were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war.
I have been told that a young would-be composer wrote to Mozart asking advice as to how to compose a symphony. Mozart responded that a symphony was a complex and demanding form and that it would be better to start with something simpler. The young man protested 'But Herr Mozart you wrote symphonies when you were younger than I am now.' And Mozart replied 'I never asked how.'
There is a single light of science and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
Jokes of the proper kind properly told can do more to enlighten questions of politics philosophy and literature than any number of dull arguments.
It is a curious fact that innumerable readers have asked me if I wrote this story ... They seem never to remember the title of the story or (for sure) the author except for the vague thought it might be me. But of course they never forget the story itself especially the ending. The idea seems to drown out everything else - and I'm satisfied that it should.