May 16, 2016

RhoDeo 1620 Foundation 4

Hello,  surprise of the day was undoubtedly Max Verstappen winning the Spanish Grand prix in Barcelona, the youngest ever winner at 18 years. Hamilton and Rosberg didn't get passed the third corner before Hamilton trailing Rosberg decided to drive on the grass..bad idea at least he took Rosberg with him. This resulted in a great race between the Red Bulls and Ferrari's, the theoretically fastest race strategy should be a 3 stop Vettel and Ricciardo battled that way, however it turned out the 2 stop was the winning strategy and Max kept Raikonnen behind him for the last 20 laps, meanwhile Vettel and Ricciardo spent too much time battling each other until latter got a flat tire and had to make do with fourth. Anyway i'm sure Johan Cruyff had something to do with it, afterall he was a big fan of Max..His win was even more astonishing considering the first time he drove this RB12, was last friday. Just 3 days in this car. .

Rumor has it that HBO is working on the next big thing, a scifi series taking place far in the far future, Foundation. They will need to introduce a lot more female characters to make it appealing to the female audience, not a thing a fifties sci fi writer worried much about. If they manage to pull it of, there's potential for many seasons and spin offs

The Foundation series is a science fiction series by Isaac Asimov. For nearly thirty years, the series was a trilogy: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation. It won the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966. Asimov began adding to the series in 1981, with two sequels: Foundation's Edge, Foundation and Earth, and two prequels: Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foundation. .

The premise of the series is that the mathematician Hari Seldon spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory, a concept of mathematical sociology. Using the laws of mass action, it can predict the future, but only on a large scale. Seldon foresees the imminent fall of the Galactic Empire, which encompasses the entire Milky Way, and a dark age lasting 30,000 years before a second great empire arises. Seldon also foresees an alternative where the interregnum will last only one thousand years. To ensure the more favorable outcome, Seldon creates a foundation of talented artisans and engineers at the extreme end of the galaxy, to preserve and expand on humanity's collective knowledge, and thus become the foundation for a new galactic empire ....N'Joy

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Psychohistory is a fictional science that combines history, sociology, and mathematical statistics to make general predictions about the future behavior of very large groups of people, such as the Galactic Empire. It was first introduced in the three short stories (1942–1944) which would later be collected as the 1951 novel Foundation.

Psychohistory depends on the idea that, while one cannot foresee the actions of a particular individual, the laws of statistics as applied to large groups of people could predict the general flow of future events. Asimov used the analogy of a gas: an observer has great difficulty in predicting the motion of a single molecule in a gas, but can predict the mass action of the gas to a high level of accuracy. (Physicists know this as the Kinetic theory). Asimov applied this concept to the population of his fictional Galactic Empire, which numbered a quintillion. The character responsible for the science's creation, Hari Seldon, established two axioms:

that the population whose behaviour was modeled should be sufficiently large
that the population should remain in ignorance of the results of the application of psychohistorical analyses

There is a third underlying axiom of Psychohistory, which is trivial and thus not stated by Seldon in his Plan:
that Human Beings are the only sentient intelligence in the Galaxy.

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Isaac Asimov's The Foundation Trilogy was adapted for the BBC in eight hour-long episodes by Patrick Tull (episodes 1 to 4) and Mike Stott (episodes 5 to 8), directed by David Cain, first broadcast in 1973, and repeated in 1977 and 2002.

Two hundred years after its creation, the Foundation battles Bel Riose, the last powerful General of the dying Galactic Empire.

Isaac Asimov - The Foundation Trilogy 4 The General (mp3  50mb)

The Foundation Trilogy 4 - The General... 54:50

The ever growing power of the Foundation  has brought it into conflict with the dying might of the Empire. the battle is joined for the supreme goal -- control of the Galaxy...

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Isaac Asimov - The Foundation Trilogy 1 (mp3  52mb)
Isaac Asimov - The Foundation Trilogy 2 The Mayors (mp3  49mb)
Isaac Asimov - The Foundation Trilogy 3 The Merchant Princes (mp3  53mb)

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