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Re: Name any influential person?

Post by spud42 » Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:37 pm

Wildeblood wrote:
spud42 wrote:Asimov
For his fictional works, or his science popularization efforts?
tl;dr version ........ both.

a very smart and interesting man.chemistry,biology what didnt he do? wonder how many people knew he was a professor?
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Post by Wildeblood » Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:46 pm

spud42 wrote:
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spud42 wrote:Asimov
For his fictional works, or his science popularization efforts?
tl;dr version ........ both.

a very smart and interesting man.chemistry,biology what didn't he do? wonder how many people knew he was a professor?
Well, er, me! Now's the time to confess I'm not a fan of sci-fi and have never read any of Asimov's fiction.

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Re: Name any influential person?

Post by Alex » Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:06 am

Wildeblood wrote: Well, er, me! Now's the time to confess I'm not a fan of sci-fi and have never read any of Asimov's fiction.
You didn't miss anything, I've read a few just to see what was being talked about.
Summ up.. Very slow, painfully slow and story doesn't actually go anywhere. Timing milk curdle was more entertaining.

You want something to read? Look at Terry Pratchett for fun and a laugh or Fiest for enthralling epics.
Join the local Library, pick your own genre.
But Terry Pratchett is a must for anyone with a sense of humour.
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Post by spud42 » Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:40 pm

recoment the MYTH series very funny stuff.

dude Asimov invented the three laws of robotics... lol

Foundation series, lazarus long series etc.... just didnt write anything with magic and swords or dwarfs etc..... real scifi not fantasy... which seems to be all you can get lately. except for Drew's books...lol.
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Post by Wildeblood » Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:05 pm

spud42 wrote:dude Asimov invented the three laws of robotics... lol
Four laws. :wink: But they can be explained concisely in a one-page article. They don't justify a series of [how many?] novels.

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Post by Amah » Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:03 pm

Ok, not that I'd trust wikipedia on anything I haven't forged myself but... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics

I happen to like Asimov, though I think I just read "I Robot" a long time ago.

As for sci fi with some humour, apart from the Adam's Hitchhiker (which I watched as a BBC series when I was young), there was a German mini series based on Stanislav Lem's "Ijon Tychi". Can't say I laughed much, but hey, what do we Germans know what's funny ;-)
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Re: Name any influential person?

Post by spud42 » Sat Nov 07, 2015 11:03 am

lol... the so called Zeroth law was devised by the robots themselves......

Lexx . ....... . part German part Canadian scifi quite weird but i liked it.. especially Eva Habermann

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115243/?re ... lmg_act_92
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Post by Amah » Sat Nov 07, 2015 6:50 pm

I remember watching Lexx week after week in the middle of the night on German telly.

Those insect inspired ships really rocked.
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Post by SteveKing » Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:09 pm

For the possibility of interpreting the subject a little differently -

My Maths teacher in yr8 - a Mr Strickland - who put the fear of the 'dreaded note home to my parents' so I always did my homework and so ended up with a top 30% in the state for maths in yr12.

My upper high school chemistry teacher - a Mr Rowbottom (no, not Longbottom) - who was a geologist and one of the other students in my year who asked 'What does a geologist know about chemistry', so I did geology to find out.

Antonio Bandaras, because he knew how to lead 8)
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Re: Name any influential person?

Post by Alex » Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:19 am

Oh teachers that made a difference:

Physics teacher.
Mr Stirling, Secondary school for 4 years no idea what Yr that equates.
Interest in physics has never left.

His fav question was "What is the unit of power?"

There were always at least one that would get it wrong :lol:

He was also the best/worst at giving the strap. Yes old enough to have left school before it was discontinued.
A length of thick leather used at high velocity brought to a sudden stop on offenders palm, max of six strokes for any one offence.
I was no stranger to this, so knew which teacher not to piss off. The rest of them were laughable.
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