必修七Unit 2 Reading 2_图文

Unit 2 Robots

Reading and discussing

A biography of Isaac Asimov

Introduction
1. Do you know who he is? 2. Have you ever seen the film from his works? 3. What do you know about him?

Isaac Asimov
( 1920-1992)

About Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov,American Jew, an American scientist and one of the most great science fiction writers. He wrote so many works which are known as interesting, creative, imaginative. In his works he described events and people that do not exist.

About his work

Isaac Asimov was an amazing writer who had finished more than 480 works since the beginning of the 1950’s.

His most famous works I, Robot (我是机器人) The Foundation Trilogy
the foundation (1951) the foundation and Empire (1953) the second foundation (1952)

Old photos

在家中图书室(1976年)

阿西莫夫与珍尼特

演讲

军旅戎装

阿西莫夫追悼会现场

Listening
1.What stories is Issac Asimov most famous for? Science fiction stories
2. Where did he develop a set of three “laws” for Robots? In his collection of short stories, I, Robot.

Skimming
1.What subject did Asimov teach?
2.When did his talent for writing become obvious? 3.When did he start having stories published? 4. How many children did he have?

1.What subject did Asimov teach?
He taught biochemistry.

2. When did his talent for writing become obvious?
When he was 11 years old. 3. When did he start having stories published? In 1939. 4. How many children did he have? Two children: a son and a daughter.

Scanning Reading the text carefully and complete the table on P17.

Date 1920 1922 1923 1929

Event born in Russia. sister born moved with family to New York Parents bought a candy store. started working in candy store. Mother had her third child. Started to take himself seriously as a writer.

1931

1939 1941 1942

Bean having stories published in science fiction magazines Gained Masters degree in chemistry. Finished working in candy store. Got married

1942- Worked as junior chemist, 1945 Philadelphia Navy Yard 1948 Got PhD in chemistry.

1949

1950

19511953 1953 1958

Became a biochemistry teacher, Boston University School of Medicine. Published his first novel. Published “I, Robot” Developed three laws for robots. Published “The Foundation Trilogy” and won an award for it. Published first science book. Became a full-time writer.

1973

Divorced his first wife.

Married for a second wife 1983 Had a blood transfusion. Became infected with HIV.
Died in New York

1992

Important sentences
1. He was an American scientist and writer. 2. The American scientist and writer is best known for his science fiction stories. 3. He had both an extraordinary imagination that gave him the ability to explore the future worlds and an amazing mind with which he searched for explanations of everything, in the present and the past.

Useful expressions
探索未来世界 寻求解释 输血 经营糖果店 帮忙 获得硕士学位 认真对待 研究人工智能 explore future worlds search for explanations a blood transfusion run a candy store help out gain a master's degree take...seriously research into artificial intelligence

Review Asimov’s laws for robots ? first law : A robot must not injure human being or allow them to be injured.
? Second law : A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings (as long as human beings are not injured).

? Third law : A robot must protect its own existence (as long as human being are not injured; and as long as the robot does not disobey the human beings).


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