In this, the first book of Asimovs
long running Foundation series, we meet Hari Seldon, a mathematician
living on an overpopulated world under the rule of the Galactic Empire.
Hari uses a statistical tool he develops called Psychohistory to predict
how the Galactic Empire will evolve through the centuries and even when
it will ultimately Fall.
He starts collecting all the data in the known universe for inclusion in an
Encyclopedia Galactica in the hopes of limiting the span of barbarism
that will follow the collapse of civilization. He knows this work must be
done over the span of many generations and free from the influence of
politicians and leaders so he finds a barren planet and sets up his