Roy A(rthur) Gallant Isaac Asimov - Essay

Isaac Asimov

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[The ABC's of Chemistry] contains the usual definitions that would be expected to be of help to anyone taking a first course in general science; it is clear, concise, and accurate. However, the most useful feature of the book is the numerous tables that are to be found through the body of the list of definitions and in the special section at the end. Under "hardness," for instance, is an excellent table of the hardness of minerals—a much better one, in fact, than is to be found in the usual textbook. The periodic table on pages 68 and 69 is an unusually clear and attractive one.

Isaac Asimov, "Views on Science Books," in The Horn Book Magazine (copyright © 1964, by The Horn Book, Inc., Boston), Vol. XL, No. 1, February, 1964, p. 80.∗

[Exploring the Planets] has been enjoyed by a great many readers of all ages. This updated version therefore is timely…. There is an adequate index and a useful table of comparative data on the nine planets. Although its format suggests a juvenile book, many adults who lack and desire to acquire an elementary astronomical background will enjoy it. All public and school libraries need this book….

"Astronomy: 'Exploring the Planets'," in Science Books (copyright 1968 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science), Vol. 4, No. 1 (May, 1968), p. 19.