The Relativity of Wrong

The Relativity of Wrong

Sparkling with charm and the legendary Asimov wit, this remarkable collection of 17 essays delivers a delightful potpourri of chemical conundrums, galactic puzzles, and awesome astronomical anomalies. (Asimov is) as formidable and readable as ever.--Kirkus Reviews....

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Author:Isaac Asimov
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  • Brian Powell

    "When people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together."

    The accumulation of knowledge and the gradual revision and improvement of humankind's understanding of the Universe. This is how science is done.

  • Jihad Lahham

    absolutely incredible. Asimov is one of the best writers to explain the most complicated of areas in science and make it absolutely digestible by the lay person. although the relativity if wrong as an essay is a very solid, informative, mind twisting and engaging essay, it is a little sad to see most the readers talking about it as if it's the only great essay and quoting the same sentence over and over again. What i loved about this book is that Asimov explained so many things that i just took

    absolutely incredible. Asimov is one of the best writers to explain the most complicated of areas in science and make it absolutely digestible by the lay person. although the relativity if wrong as an essay is a very solid, informative, mind twisting and engaging essay, it is a little sad to see most the readers talking about it as if it's the only great essay and quoting the same sentence over and over again. What i loved about this book is that Asimov explained so many things that i just took for granted from my previous science reading without asking why. how do enzymes metabolize foods? why are novas called that? why is it that stars explode shortly after they start fusing lighter elements in iron? how does radioactivity work, in details, and what implication that has on the human body...etc

    i can't recommend this book enough for someone who enjoys reading science.

  • SaraKat

    Asimov's essays are the best! I loved the essay that the book is titled after the best.

  • Liedzeit

    (9/10)

  • Michael Anderson

    Very few books by Isaac Asimov can be rated less than five stars.

  • Leo

    Reads like a great sci-fi book. You kind of forgot you're reading a science book.

    The book has 2 sections, one on biology and one on space. The biology section was a bit too much detail for me, but the space section was great.

  • Joan

    When is right wrong? What will fuel interstellar space ships? How are new stars born?

    In the pages of this book, readers embark on a fascinating journey that takes them from the center of the human brain to the outer reaches of the universe. Brimming with the legendary Asimov wit, this sweeping collection of real-life wonders is a delightful potpourri of conundrums, puzzles, and awesome astronomical anomalies, all guaranteed to thrill readers who long to comprehend the incomprehensible.

  • Yasmeen

    I've decided to read this collection of essays after a person recommended that I read Asimov's article: 'The Relativity of Wrong' since I loved this quote of his and used it many times:

    "When people thought the Earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the Earth was spherical they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the Earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the Earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together."

    This book co

    I've decided to read this collection of essays after a person recommended that I read Asimov's article: 'The Relativity of Wrong' since I loved this quote of his and used it many times:

    "When people thought the Earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the Earth was spherical they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the Earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the Earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together."

    This book contains that title-essay (which was the most important one, in my opinion), in addition to the other 16 articles that were scientific but very simple, detailed, and required no previous deep knowledge of any sciences. Asimov divided his essays into three groups: Isotopes and Elements (I liked this one the least, since I am not very interested in Chemistry), The Solar System, and Beyond The Solar System. What I really loved about his writing style is that he included an interesting and fun anecdote in the beginning of each article.

    Read 'The Relativity of Wrong' (essay, not the whole book) here:

    I can't wait to read Asimov's fiction!

  • Bettie
  • Ericka Clouther

    This is a collection of science essays by Asimov, so of course, it's pretty cool. He tries to make the concepts understandable to laymen but honestly I struggled with some of the essays. The book is about half chemistry and half physics, and I found most of the physics more interesting. There are numerous chapters on planets and stars and those were super interesting. Some of the essays about chemistry and nuclear reactivity were a challenge, but each essay built into the next so that at the end

    This is a collection of science essays by Asimov, so of course, it's pretty cool. He tries to make the concepts understandable to laymen but honestly I struggled with some of the essays. The book is about half chemistry and half physics, and I found most of the physics more interesting. There are numerous chapters on planets and stars and those were super interesting. Some of the essays about chemistry and nuclear reactivity were a challenge, but each essay built into the next so that at the end the reader had some of the tools to understand our place in the universe.

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