Friday, November 5, 2021

Review of "Isaac Asimov’s Library of the Universe: Rockets, Probes and Satellites," by Isaac Asimov

 Review of

Isaac Asimov’s Library of the Universe: Rockets, Probes and Satellites, by Isaac Asimov ISBN 1555323669

Five out of five stars

Nobody explains science better than Asimov

 Written for the reader in late elementary or early middle school, this book explains how rockets have been used to explore the universe. It opens with a brief explanation of how rockets work and the early pioneers in their development. In this area, the focus is on Robert Goddard. There is a mention of the German rockets carrying bombs to London, but no mention of Werner von Braun, either working for Germany or his later work in the United States.

 There is a focus on what satellites show us about Earth and then some of the results from the probes sent to other planets and moons in the Solar System. It closes with a brief explanation of what is planned in the future as well as a list of the countries that have launched space probes and satellites.

 This book is designed as a primer only, and in that respect the author had been very successful.

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