A Man for the Universe
Fame came to him early for his science fiction. To me his I, Robot (a collection of related stories), not the more renowned Foundation series, was his most memorable fiction, just ahead of such works as The Martian Way, The Stars, Like Dust, and The Gods Themselves.
But it was his science fact, particularly his science essays, that taught millions of people science. They turned me on to science as no science teacher ever did. In my freshman year in college I was a physics major, but I suffered a rude shock: the professors didn't make physics clear and interesting the way Asimov did.Suddenly it was a confusing hodgepodge of formulas and complex terms—not the orderly historical progression of people and related concepts that all science was with Asimov. Asimov had spoiled me! I hadn't expected this.For my interests, needs, and tastes, Asimov's approach was better, and to this day I still think the historical, cultural approach to teaching science has the most merit for many kinds of students.____________________