Of Matters Great and Small

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Of Matters Great and Small
First edition
AuthorIsaac Asimov
CountryUnited States
SeriesFantasy & Science Fiction essays
Publication date
Media typeprint (Hardback and Paperback)
Preceded byThe Tragedy of the Moon 
Followed byThe Planet That Wasn't 

Of Matters Great and Small is a collection of seventeen scientific essays by American writer and scientist Isaac Asimov. It was the eleventh of a series of books collecting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, although it also includes one essay from Science Digest.[1] It was first published by Doubleday & Company in 1975.


  • "Constant as the Northern Star" (F&SF, August 1973)
  • "Signs of the Times" (September 1973)
  • "The Mispronounced Metal" (October 1973)
  • "The Figure of the Fastest" (November 1973)
  • "The Figure of the Farthest" (December 1973)
  • "The Eclipse and I" (January 1974)
  • "Dance of the Luminaries" (February 1974)
  • "The Uneternal Atoms" (March 1974)
  • "A Particular Matter" (April 1974)
  • "At Closest Range" (May 1974)
  • "The Double-Ended Candle" (June 1974)
  • "The Inevitability of Life" (Science Digest, June 1974)
  • "As Easy as Two Plus Three" (F&SF, July 1974)
  • "Updating the Asteroids" (August 1974)
  • "Look Long upon a Monkey" (September 1974)
  • "O Keen-eyed Peerer into the Future!" (October 1974)
  • "Skewered!" (November 1974)


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