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Author  Story Title  Issue Date  Type  Comments
Asimov, Isaac  Science: Moving Ahead  1976 AUG  sces  America's technological growth historically, Part 2 of 3; transportation & communication in the making of the U.S.A.; Part 1 in 1976 JUL(#3835), Part 3 in 1976 SEP(#3859)
   Science: To the Top  1976 SEP  sces  America's technological growth historically, Part 3 of 3; Thomas Alva Edison, history of electric "lights," and the rise of the U.S. in technolgy; Part 1 in 1976 JUL(#3835), Part 2 in 1976 AUG(#3847)
   Science: Quasar, Quasar, Burning Bright!  1976 OCT  sces  stars; mapping the heavens in ancient times, magnitudes, & quasars; also in Foundation series, novels Foundation's Edge(1982; W-1983 HUG, LOC; N-1982 NEB, SFC), Foundation and Earth(1986), Prelude to Foundation(1988), Forward the Foundation(1993)
   Science: Comet That Wasn't, The  1976 NOV  sces  planetary discoveries, Part 1 of 3; Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel & the discovery of the planet Uranus; Part 2 in 1976 DEC(#3896), Part 3 in 1977 JAN(#3909)
   Science: Sea-Green Planet, The  1976 DEC  sces  planetary discoveries, Part 2 of 3; what we have learned about Uranus since its discovery in 1781; Part 1 in 1976 NOV(#3885), Part 3 in 1977 JAN(#3909)
   Science: Discovery by Blink  1977 JAN  sces  planetary discoveries, Part 3 of 3; the discoveries of Neptune & Pluto; Part 1 in 1976 NOV(#3885), Part 2 in 1976 DEC(#3896); has nf books Asimov on Numbers(1977), The Beginning and the End(1977)
   Science: Asimov's Corollary  1977 FEB  sces  popular fallacies, impossibilities; Clarke's Law & Asimov's Corollary - both about scientists saying something is impossible
   Science: Magic Isle, The  1977 MAR  sces  atomic nucleus structure; the "magic number" or "shell model" of the nucleus that won the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physics for Maria Goeppert-Mayer & Hans Daniel Jensen
   Science: Dark Companion, The  1977 APR  sces  stars; white dwarfs, pulsars, neutron stars & black holes, Part 1 of 3; the discovery of the white dwarf companion star of Sirius; Part 2 in 1977 MAY(#3959), Part 3 in 1977 JUN(#3972); correction for Sirius B in 1979 SEP, an essay on that star
   Science: Twinkle, Twinkle, Microwaves  1977 MAY  sces  stars; white dwarfs, pulsars, neutron stars & black holes, Part 2 of 3; neutron stars, how microwaves were used to study them; Part 1 in 1977 APR(#3946), Part 3 in 1977 JUN(#3972); see sequel in 1984 MAR(#5127)
   Science: Final Collapse, The  1977 JUN  sces  stars; white dwarfs, pulsars, neutron stars & black holes, Part 3 of 3; black holes, the result of the final collapse; Part 1 in 1977 APR(#3946), Part 2 in 1977 MAY(#3959)
   Science: Of Ice and Men  1977 JUL  sces  Ice Ages & the Earth's orbital eccentricities, Part 1 of 3; the Ice Ages & their effect on mankind; Part 2 in 1977 AUG(#4001), Part 3 in 1977 SEP(#4015)
   Science: Oblique the Centric Globe  1977 AUG  sces  Ice Ages & the Earth's orbital eccentricities, Part 2 of 3; Earth's orbital & axial changes & the Ice Ages; Part 1 in 1977 JUL(#3990), Part 3 in 1977 SEP(#4015)
   Science: Opposite Poles, The  1977 SEP  sces  Ice Ages & the Earth's orbital eccentricities, Part 3 of 3; how the differences between the North & South poles have affected the possibilities of Ice Ages; Part 1 in 1977 JUL(#3990), Part 2 in 1977 AUG(#4001)
   Science: Subtlest Difference, The  1977 OCT  sces  life & death, what are they?;"what is the difference between a human 5 minutes before death, & 5 minutes after?"; "is there any evidence of life after death that can be considered as scientific & rational?"; Bridey Murphy mentioned on p.146
   Science: Sons of Mars Revisited, The  1977 NOV  sces  satellites of Mars - Phobos & Deimos, Part 1 of 3; a sequel to 1967 AUG science essay "Kaleidoscope in the Sky"; Part 2 in 1977 DEC(#4054), Part 3 in 1978 JAN(#4067)
   Science: Dark and Bright  1977 DEC  sces  satellites of Mars - Phobos & Deimos, Part 2 of 3; what they look like from Mariner 9 photographs; their possible origins & composition; Part 1 in 1977 NOV(#4041), Part 3 in 1978 JAN(#4067)
   Science: Real Finds Waiting, The  1978 JAN  sces  satellites of Mars - Phobos & Deimos, Part 3 of 3; the origin & composition of meteorites & asteroids; Phobos & Deimos could be ex-asteroids captured by Mars; Part 1 in 1977 NOV(#4041), Part 2 in 1977 DEC(#4054); see correction in 1978 MAY, p.128
   Science: Lost Art, The  1978 FEB  sces  numbers; logarithms & exponential numbers, Part 1 of 2; the slide ruler; Part 2 in 1978 MAR(#4092); has 13th coll. of F&SF science essays Quasar, Quasar, Burning Bright(1978); has nf book Life and Time(1978)
   Science: Anyone for Tens  1978 MAR  sces  numbers; logarithms & exponential numbers, Part 2 of 2; exponents & the powers of tens, logarithms; Part 1 in 1978 FEB(#4079)
   Science: Floating Crystal Palace, The  1978 APR  sces  Antarctica & man, Part 1 of 4; icebergs, where they come from; world's supply of fresh water not unlimited; Part 2 in 1978 MAY(#4115), Part 3 in 1978 JUN(#4126), Part 4 in 1978 JUL(#4140)
   Science: By Land and By Sea  1978 MAY  sces  Antarctica & man, Part 2 of 4; how icebergs came to be discovered; how hominids & humans dispersed thruout the world, exploration of the globe; Part 1 in 1978 APR(#4104), Part 3 in 1978 JUN(#4126), Part 4 in 1978 JUL(#4140)
   Science: We Were the First That Ever Burst ---  1978 JUN  sces  Antarctica & man, Part 3 of 4; European exploration, finding a southwest or northwest route to Asia; Part 1 in 1978 APR(#4104), Part 2 in 1978 MAY(#4115), Part 4 in 1978 JUL(#4140)
   Science: Second to the Skua  1978 JUL  sces  Antarctica & man, Part 4 of 4; man's exploration of Anarctica, from 1840-1969; Part 1 in 1978 APR(#4104), Part 2 in 1978 MAY(#4115), Part 3 in 1978 JUN(#4126)
   Science: Rings and Things  1978 AUG  sces  planets, Roche's limit, rings & asteroids; how Uranus' rings were discovered; the Trojan asteroids in Jupiter's orbit; discovery of asteroid Chiron, which travels between the orbits of Saturn & Uranus
   Science: Countdown  1978 SEP  sces  temperatures, Part 1 of 2; low temperatures & liquefying gases; Part 2 in 1978 OCT(#4179)
   Science: Toward Zero  1978 OCT  sces  temperatures, Part 2 of 2; low temperatures & liquefying gases when approaching absolute zero; Part 1 1978 SEP(#4166)
   Checklist of Isaac Asimov's F&SF Science Essays, 1958-1978, A  1978 NOV  bib  an alphabetical listing by title of the 240 science essays(does not include the essay in this issue), with a very brief description of their subject matter, & in which collection each essay may be found in, & the titles of all the essay collections so far
   Science: Fifty Million Big Brothers  1978 NOV  sces  extraterrrestial life possibilities, Part 1 of 2; the possibility of other life in the universe; an update of the essay "Who's Out There?" in 1963 SEP; Part 2 in 1978 DEC(#4202)
   Science: Where Is Everybody?  1978 DEC  sces  extraterrestial life possibilities, Part 2 of 2; the possibilities of the existence of intelligent life elsewhere in our galaxy; why haven't we heard from anyone yet?; Part 1 in 1978 NOV(#4192)
   Science: Proxima  1979 JAN  sces  stars; our closest neighbors, Alpha Centauri A(Barnard's Star), Alpha Centauri B, Alpha Centauri C(Proxima Centauri - the 2nd closest star, right now, after our own sun); see addendum 1979 MAY, p.110, if our Sun had a red-dwarf companion, ...
   Science: Road to Infinity, The  1979 FEB  sces  black holes; the comparative sizes of things, from Isaac Asimov to the Earth to the Universe, based on their mass, if they were black holes; has 14th coll. of F&SF science essays The Road to Infinity(1979)
   Science: Out, Damned Spot!  1979 MAR  sces  sunspots; the history of their observation, & their influences on Earth's weather, etc; Asimov has written a two-volume autobiography, In Memory Yet Green(1979; N-1980 HUG, LOC), & In Joy Still Felt(1980; W-1981 LOC; N-1981 HUG)
   Science: Long Day's Journey, A  1979 APR  sces  Moon, its effects on the Earth, Part 1 of 2; how the Moon is slowing the Earth's rotation; sequel to science essay "Time and Tide" in 1966 MAY; Part 2 in 1979 MAY(#4267)
   Science: Inconstant Moon, The  1979 MAY  sces  Moon, its effect on the Earth, Part 2 of 2; how the Moon is slowly getting farther away; Part 1 in 1979 APR(#4254)
   Science: Alas, All Human  1979 JUN  sces  scientific dishonesty, through overeagerness, fabrication of data, taking credit for others work, etc
   Science: Below the Horizon  1979 JUL  sces  stars; "which stars can be seen from which points on Earth"; specifically, Alpha Centauri
   Science: Clone, Clone of My Own  1979 AUG  sces  sexual reproduction advantages; steps in the development of a fertilized egg, & the possibilities of cloning; practical problems of mammalian cloning
   Science: How Little?  1979 SEP  sces  stars; physical characteristics of Sirius B; what it would be like if Sirius B was the Sun's companion star; addendum: correction to 1977 APR essay, "The Dark Companion," which also talks of Sirius B
   Dreaming Is a Private Thing  1979 OCT  ss  1st pub. in F&SF 1955 DEC, exp. from SRL, 28 MAY 1955; see interviews in Rune 1974 FLL, Visions 1989 SPR, AMZ 1992 OCT, LOC 1992 JUN(#377), & in George Hay(ed): Pulsar #1(1978), Paul Walker: Speaking of S. F.(1978), Charles Platt: Dream Makers(1980; 1987)
   Science: Just Thirty Years  1979 OCT  sces  planets, advances in the last 30 years in what we know of the planets; how much of what was science fiction 30 years ago when F&SF was born, is fantasy now?, in particular about the planets in our solar system
   Science: Sun Shines Bright, The  1979 NOV  sces  neutrinos; aspects of the neutrino that have been discovered since his book, The Neutrino: Ghost Particle of the Atom(1966)
   Science: Useless Metal, The  1979 DEC  sces  elements, uranium; Part 1 of 3; the history of uranium & radioactivity, from the beginning, of course; Part 2 in 1980 JAN(#4396), Part 3 in 1980 FEB(#4405)
   Science: Neutrality!  1980 JAN  sces  elements, uranium & the neutron, Part 2 of 3; the discovery of the neutron; uranium, radium, & radioactivity; Part 1 in 1979 DEC(#4384), Part 3 in 1980 FEB(#4405)
   Science: Finger of God, The  1980 FEB  sces  elements, uranium; Part 3 of 3; the discovery of uranium fission; Part 1 in 1979 DEC(#4384), Part 2 in 1980 JAN(#4396)
   Science: Noblest Metal of Them All, The  1980 MAR  sces  elements, platinum; the metal platinum through history
   Science: Nice Guys Finish First  1980 APR  sces  human nature; "Why are human beings so different? Why so combative? Why so deadly? ... is it a case of nasty guys finishing first?"
   Science: More Crowded!  1980 MAY  sces  overpopulation; sequel to "Crowded!" in 1967 MAR(#2465); the most crowded cities of the world, population figures from 1967 & 1979 compared, thanks to George Thomas Kurian: The Book of World Rankings(1979); see related essays 1969 MAY, 1988 JUN
   Science: Unsecret Weapon, The  1980 JUN  sces  Greek fire, "the most remarkable secret weapon in history ... that wasn't a secret ... (a) combination of sulphur, naptha, quicklime (calcium oxide), & niter (potassium nitrate)"; also discusses the longbow
   Science: Siriusly Speaking  1980 JUL  sces  stars; Sirius A, the nearest star to Earth(after the sun), in history; see Asimov's science essay "Proxima" in F&SF 1979 JAN, that also deals with Sirius A

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