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[Book] The Stars, Like Dust - Isaac Asimov: Spherical Coordinate System 본문
[Book] The Stars, Like Dust - Isaac Asimov: Spherical Coordinate System꾸로 (gguro) 2016. 7. 15. 10:07
[Book] The Stars, Like Dust - Isaac Asimov: Spherical Coordinate System
It seems like this book has been published just before the famous Foundation Trilogy which has commenced being published in 1951. Some of ideas used in The Stars, Like Dust are adopted into the Foundation Series in a more developed fashion.
It is basically a story of space travel involving dangerous challenges and adventures. Temporal background is far future when all the advanced technologies are developed.
A young guy called Biron was framed to be forced to travel in space. He is a son of a Rancher (I don't know what it exactly means), and he was trained to operate a space ship. His father was believed to be killed by a Tyranni.
Biron happened to meet a girl called Artemesia on the way of his travel, and as you expect, they became in love. Then, she turned out to be the daughter of his father's murderer, at least for a moment. Eventually, they successfully completed the mission to find the rebellion world against Tyrannian regime, whose leader was the father of Artemesia.
Wait, what? So the leader of the rebellion world (considered as the good side) was the murderer of Biron's father (the bad side, of course)? Initially it was believed like that, but the one who killed Biron's father was not Artemesia's father but Jonti, the one who framed Biron to travel.
So finally, Biron, Artemesia, and Artemesia's father were in the winning side, and lived happily ever after (probably).
Personally, the most impressive parts of the book were actually when the spherical coordinate system was explained to describe how to navigate in space to reach a destination planet.
Compare the above description to the coordinate system depicted below (from Math Insight). The plane of the Galactic Lens is the xy-plane in the image, and the Baseline (which connects the Galactic Centre and the sun of the planet Earth) is the z-axis.
This coordinate system appears one more time in the book. The above description simply means that 46 + 314 = 360 and 192 + 168 = 360, in the case the Biron read the coordinate with the other rotational direction. One mistake either Asimov or the publisher made is that they put 'r' in the place of 'q.' Apparently, it should be q because its unit is radian.
The story is fine, and there are some interesting points. Unfortunately, for me the most interesting part was not the story itself but the usage of the spherical coordinate system.
The most disappointing point of the book was its ending.
This is how it ends. Seriously?
I was pretty disappointed with the ending with the Constitution of United States of America. Well, I understand that it was written at the time of the cold war after the second world war. However, it is still hard to accept to put a political view such directly into a science fiction.
The stars, like dust, encircle me— 용섭 (@gguro) 2016년 7월 2일
In living mists of light
And all of space I seem to see
In one vast burst of sight pic.twitter.com/b1ihnbD28B
"Since I am ordered to speak, Your Excellency, I regret to inform you that my Lady Artemisia and my Lord Gillbret... pic.twitter.com/EAuE0zF39Y— 용섭 (@gguro) 2016년 7월 5일
"... about 46 degrees rho and 192 degrees phi from the ship-planet line, if I've got the clockwise and ... pic.twitter.com/gpSa8NWM8k— 용섭 (@gguro) 2016년 7월 7일
"Do you know that the girl you are so deeply concerned to keep under your protection is the daughter of your ... pic.twitter.com/pSzEGJKoRU— 용섭 (@gguro) 2016년 7월 11일
Hinrik smiled. "I know the document by heart. Listen." ... "We the people of the United States, in order to form ... pic.twitter.com/vy52m1Hqpg— 용섭 (@gguro) 2016년 7월 13일
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