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The Stars in their Courses is a collection of seventeen scientific essays by American writer Isaac Asimov. It is the eighth in a series of books collecting his essays from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (May 1969 to September 1970). Doubleday & Company first published the collection in 1971.

The Stars in their Courses
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First edition
AuthorIsaac Asimov
CountryUnited States
SeriesEssays from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback and Paperback)
Preceded byThe Solar System and Back 
Followed byThe Left Hand of the Electron 


  • Introduction
  • Part A: Astronomy
    • "The Stars in their Courses"
    • "The Lop-sided Sun"
    • "The Lunar Honor-roll"
    • "Worlds in Confusion"
  • Part B: Physics
    • "Two at a Time"
    • "On Throwing a Ball"
    • "The Man Who Massed the Earth"
    • "The Luxon Wall"
    • "Playing the Game"
    • "The Distance of Far"
  • Part C: Chemistry
    • "The Multiplying Elements"
    • "Bridging the Gaps"
    • "The Nobel Prize That Wasn't"
  • Part D: Sociology
    • "The Fateful Lightning"
    • "The Sin of the Scientist"
    • "The Power of Progression"
    • "My Planet, 'tis of Thee—"

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