Isaac Asimov discusses various topics in science fiction, most prominently how the past factors into our ability to predict the future. This was originally broadcast on WFCR’s Five College Forum, on May 11, 1978.
Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920-April 6, 1992) was an American science fiction author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. It is estimated that he has written and edited over 500 books and over 90,000 letters. His writings in science fiction were considered to be “hard science fiction”, meaning that they were based on actual scientific principles.
His most famous work, the Foundation Series, introduced readers to a fictional science called psychohistory which combined elements of history, sociology and mathematical statistics to make general predictions about the future. In Asimov’s Foundation universe one cannot predict the actions of any one particular individual, yet the laws of statistics as applied to larger groups could predict a general flow of future events.