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The Asimov Challenge

Ok, so I think that Isaac Asimov is a very cool writer. Hell, I love him, and I think you would love him too, if you gave it a chance.

You could start with the first volume of The Foundation. It’s an awesome, easy to read, classic Sci-Fi, leaning on the Science side. I think you would be hooked to the story, and it would expose your imagination to lots of new things. An with the feeling of watching a good movie.

So… give it I try, I challenge you!!

From Wikipedia, great read into this story.

But before telling you the cool story,

key question: Where do you get it.

You can get it for free here.(in Torrent, for epub).

And here, in txt, kindle, epub and all other formats you  might use.

This link might be slightly easier, it’s an html and you can save it in the most common formats, more if you know just learn how to create a pdf, which will take you 5 minutes of your life and prove really useful someday.

And if that is also your thing, you can buy it in this very specialized, niche website that’s just there, the side bar the colours of a mechanical colour pencil I had when I was a kid, but yeah, that’s how it is.

And you know you are going to like it, whatever way you enjoy it, because it’s from grandpa Asimov, the storyteller extraordinaire.
Give it a shot, and tell me about it.

Featured: Asimov

That's what it's all about.
Sci-Fi and sideburns

From Android World.

Enjoy!

Psychohistory (fictional)

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For the study of the psychological motivation of historical and current events, see psychohistory.

Psychohistory is a fictional science in Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation universe which combines history, sociology, etc., and mathematical statistics to make general predictions about the future behavior of very large groups of people, such as the Galactic Empire. It was first introduced in the five short stories (1942–1944) which would later be collected as the 1951 novel Foundation.

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Axioms

Psychohistory depends on the idea that, while one cannot foresee the actions of a particular individual, the laws of statistics as applied to large groups of people could predict the general flow of future events. Asimov used the analogy of a gas: an observer has great difficulty in predicting the motion of a single molecule in a gas, but can predict the mass action of the gas to a high level of accuracy. (Physicists know this as the Kinetic theory.) Asimov applied this concept to the population of his fictional Galactic Empire, which numbered a quintillion. The character responsible for the science’s creation, Hari Seldon, established two axioms:

  • that the population whose behaviour was modeled should be sufficiently large
  • that the population should remain in ignorance of the results of the application of psychohistorical analyses

There is a third underlying axiom of Psychohistory, which is trivial and thus not stated by Seldon in his Plan:

  • that Human Beings are the only sentient intelligence in the Galaxy.

All this brought to you by a guy who delivers great novels. Really, try it.

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