for those who are interested. I'm looking forward to reading it this weekend.
Asimov was a writer, who wrote fiction books. He didn't understand technology at all
Asimov wrote more than just fiction, he wrote dozens of science books on topics including: astronomy, biology, chemistry, classical physics, and subatomic physics.
Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra?
But, but, but
Shaka! When the walls fell.
The claim is that writing can't be taught on an industrial scale but science can be.
No, these classes are taught this way out of necessity. If a grad student wants a physics degree, (s)he must do research. To this end, a typical physics grad student will TA for just a few semesters until (s)he gets a research project. This is a full time job. There just aren't enough incoming grad students to fill more teaching positions. I suspect it's similar for all the sciences.
I don't know what it's like for English grad students, but I suspect that it's the exact opposite. As far as I'm aware, English majors don't need to do the same kind of time intensive research. I suspect that English grad students will teach classes throughout their higher education.
Thus, even if there are the same number of incoming physics and English grad students, I suspect that there will be 4-6 times as many English majors available for teaching.
Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.