Books read

I, Robot

I, Robot is a fixup novel of science fiction short stories or essays by American writer Isaac Asimov. The stories originally appeared in the American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction between 1940 and 1950 and were then compiled into a book for stand-alone publication by Gnome Press in 1950, in an initial edition of 5,000 copies. The stories are woven together by a framing narrative in which the fictional Dr. Susan Calvin tells each story to a reporter (who serves as the narrator) in the 21st century. Although the stories can be read separately, they share a theme of the interaction of humans, robots, and morality, and when combined they tell a larger story of Asimov’s fictional history of robotics.

Several of the stories feature the character of Dr. Calvin, chief robopsychologist at U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men, Inc., the major manufacturer of robots. Upon their publication in this collection, Asimov wrote a framing sequence presenting the stories as Calvin’s reminiscences during an interview with her about her life’s work, chiefly concerned with aberrant behaviour of robots and the use of “robopsychology” to sort out what is happening in their positronic brain. The book also contains the short story in which Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics first appear, which had large influence on later science fiction and had impact on thought on ethics of artificial intelligence as well. Other characters that appear in these short stories are Powell and Donovan, a field-testing team which locates flaws in USRMM’s prototype models.

The collection shares a title with the 1939 short story “I, Robot” by Eando Binder (pseudonym of Earl and Otto Binder), which greatly influenced Asimov. Asimov had wanted to call his collection Mind and Iron and objected when the publisher made the title the same as Binder’s. In his introduction to the story in Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories (1979), Asimov wrote:

It certainly caught my attention. Two months after I read it, I began ‘Robbie’, about a sympathetic robot, and that was the start of my positronic robot series. Eleven years later, when nine of my robot stories were collected into a book, the publisher named the collection I, Robot over my objections. My book is now the more famous, but Otto’s story was there first.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Robot

I, Robot was last modified: April 10th, 2022 by Jovan Stosic

The Symphony Prof. Greenberg-Fine Arts & Music

Average 45 minutes each

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Let’s Take It From the Top!

2
The Concerto and the Orchestra

3
The Pre-Classical Symphony

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Mannheim

5
Classical Masters

6
Franz Joseph Haydn, Part 1

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Franz Joseph Haydn, Part 2

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Mozart

9
Beethoven

10
Schubert

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Berlioz and the Symphonie fantastique

12
Mendelssohn and Schumann

13
Franck, Saint-Saens, and the Symphony in France

14
Nationalism and the Symphony

15
Brahms, Bruckner, and the Viennese Symphony

16
Gustav Mahler

17
Nielsen and Sibelius

18
The Symphony in Russia

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Charles Ives

20
Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber

21
Roy Harris and William Schuman

22
The Twentieth-Century British Symphony

23
Olivier Messiaen and Turangalila!

24
Dmitri Shostakovich and His Tenth Symphony

 

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The Symphony Prof. Greenberg-Fine Arts & Music was last modified: December 28th, 2021 by Jovan Stosic

TTC – Chamber Music of Mozart – Online Study of Mozart

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A Blessing of Inconceivable Richness

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“The Hunt”

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“The Hunt,” Part 2

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The Flute Quartet in D Major

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Vienna

6
Haydn and Inspiration

7
Exclusively For His Friends

8
Duos For Violin and Viola

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Not Just a Pretty Face

10
Blowin’ in the Winds

11
The Piano Trios

12
The Piano Quartets

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String Quartet in A Major, K. 464

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The String Quintets

15
Dissonance—Musical and Financial

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Basset Horns and Harmonicas
Source: Chamber Music of Mozart – Online Study of Mozart

TTC – Chamber Music of Mozart – Online Study of Mozart was last modified: December 28th, 2021 by Jovan Stosic