There are a few different branches of science in this book—astronomy (Mercury, the Sun), physics, and chemistry (Runaround.168), but the most important science is the imaginary science of robopsychology—the understanding of how robots think. Even though we only get one robopsychologist in these stories (the best one), that science underlies a lot of what happens in these stories. Science is also important here because it's not just some abstract search for truth; it's an institutional matter, with people fighting for resources and respect. Asimov worked as a scientist, so he knew that science was conducted by people, with all the usual issues of fear and power that people carry with them. If only we could be as well-adjusted as the robots…
Questions About Science
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I, Robot shows the behind-the-scenes act of science, such as Hyper Drive's research, so that we don't take the technology for granted.
I, Robot focuses on the actions of a business, US Robots and Mechanical Men, Inc., which shows us that science is not some neutral human activity, but is also all tied up in business and politics and human prejudices.