Sunday, June 20, 2010

Yet Another Literary Quiz

What American polymath, professor, science and fiction writer lived in this house in Newton, Massachusetts from 1956 to 1970? Hint: he has an asteroid and a crater on Mars named after him.

Sorry about the photo quality - it was pouring at the time.


Anonymous said...

Isaac Asimov!

Ricochet said...

Isaac Asimove when he was teaching at the Boston University School of Medicine

Jeffrey Shallit said...

Wow, you guys are good! How'd you get it that fast?

Miranda said...,_Massachusetts

Roshan Shariff said...

I'm the anonymous commenter above. To be fair, your post narrows the field down quite a lot.

Polymath? How about the author who's written books in every major category of the Dewey decimal system except Philosophy?

Professor? This is, of course, "Doctor Asimov".

Science and fiction writer? That's why I and so many other people adore him. His fiction is well known, but his Guide to Science was an enlightening experience growing up.

Bayesian Bouffant, FCD said...

You forgot to mention Bible commentator

Anonymous said...

Asimov's most charming essay is th eone he contributed to an anthology on P.G.Wodehouse. He was the only author that crticised Wodehouse's (and so, ours as well) heroes. Psmith, Bertie Wooster, Jeeves and even Beech were ruthlessly dissed. And Asimov's hero - the efficient Baxter!


KeithB said...

I wonder if these people know why there house might be a popular pilgrimige spot?