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Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts Hardcover – September 23, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy; Reissue edition (September 23, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517065037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517065037
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Isaac Asimov was unquestionably one of America's greatest scientific writers--from his mind came the awe-inspiring Foundation trilogy and the classic I, Robot. It hardly comes as a surprise then, that the brain of Asimov was overflowing with facts, statistics, and millions of trivial tidbits. His Book of Facts comprises 3,000 of these little information snippets. To organize this wealth of data are distinct subject areas--ranging from chapters titled "Art" and "Medicine" to more obscure ones such as "Salty Facts" and the amusing "Strange Rules, Laws and Customs." Did you know, for instance, that the Tinguian people of the Philippines have a very unique way of kissing? They put their lips close to each other's faces, and then quickly inhale. Or that in the Middle Ages the Europeans put their disobedient animals on trial? Well, you know now! Asimov's Books of Facts immerses the reader into a humongous vat of information. Asimov feeds the brain. --Naomi Gesinger

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Within the pages of Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts are many hours of entertaining and informative reading—little-known facts that will make you exclaim, time and again, "I didn't know that!"
Here are some of the intriguing facts you will find in this book:
-Emperor Caligula appointed his favorite horse as a consul of Rome.
-Eskimos use refrigerators to keep food from freezing.
-For distances of up to 150 feet, an alligator can outrace a man.
-In 1896, two men rowed across the Atlantic.
-The number of possible ways of playing just the first four moves on each side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.
-Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. president to be born in a hospital.

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Customer Reviews

Don't care who 'really wrote' it, great book.
Judah
In his autobiography, "I, Asimov", Isaac makes it clear he did not write this book.
Ray Edwards
Full of awesome facts that are very interesting at any time to read.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ray Edwards on May 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In his autobiography, "I, Asimov", Isaac makes it clear he did not write this book. It was put together by someone else, and his name was attached to it through some kind of contractual mumbo-jumbo. That being said, it is an entertaining book.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "logosmd" on September 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Despite all the comments I have read regarding the accuracy of some of this book's facts, I found this collection to be extremely engrossing and downright fascinating. I enjoy reading such compilations of trivia, and I must say that this is one of the best - if not the best - I have read for two reasons.
First, the format of the book is fantastic. The hundreds of facts, which range from one sentence to around a paragraph, are sorted by topic and presented in a brief and accessible manner by the author. The topic-sorting and compression of the countless facts enable one to read the book selectively, if desired, and they also facilitate the option of reading it all at once or gradually. Second, and more importantly, I found the selection of content to be wonderfully diverse and intriguing, as well as entertaining and even fun. In fact (if you will pardon that expression), I found so many of the entries to be worthy of remembering and future reference that I decided to mark those that struck me as particularly interesting or valuable.
I would highly recommend this collection. However, given the accuracy issues some readers have brought up, it should be read with a skeptical mind (but what book should not be read that way?).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am fifteen years old and have been reading this book constantly for at least three years. It is massively interesting. I have a copy of this book that was printed in 1981, before some of the facts were disproven. Isaac Asimov is one of the best writers of the twentieth century. I just wish he had lived to release volume two and on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mahoney on February 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a good read and you will sometimes be amazed by some of the facts that are contained within it. How many people do you know that wrongly believe that the Titanic resulted in the greatest loss of human life at sea!
Sure some people will say that some of the facts contained are incorrect or have been disproved. Remember that this book was originally published in the 1970's and in that time research and technology has resulted in new discoveries been made in many fields such as medicine, space, etc.
So as long as you keep this in mind and take the time to double check any facts contained in this book before getting into any arguments or taking bets, you should be OK.
Overall, a good read which many of your friends will be delighted to borrow.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Zaugg on June 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
Isaac Asimov, someone typically associatied with science fiction novels, compiled this tremendous book of facts that will amaze you. If you are planning on scoring big on "Who wants to be a millionaire?" than this is the book for you. This compilation of useless facts is grouped by subject and can be read from cover to cover, or is a useful source when writing a paper and looking for that one interesting attention getter that will make your paper seem much better than it really is. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that does a lot of writing, since it does contain so many interesting things about so many subjects. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my all time favorite books. There are incredible facts in here that you will not see anywhere else. You can use this as a basis of further research on any topic. We sure miss Isaac Asimov, one of the great minds of our time. Buy this great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue Story on May 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The reason I gave this one such a high rating was because it is a fun book but also some of the info in the book I was able to show recent professors that gave more facts about things we were studying. A prime example was what was written about Gregor Mendel. It is a good book and enjoyable and you will learn alot!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Fascinating and infintely readable. The single best coffee table book you'll ever buy. Read it for minutes or hours. Pick it up and flip. Every time you read it you get more great facts.
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