Prelude to Foundation - "Upperside" (pp. 91-114) Summary & Analysis

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"Upperside" (pp. 91-114) Summary

Next day, Seldon is in the library chasing leads, unwilling to admit failure, when a passer-by alerts him to the fact he has been screaming. Seldon is aware that he does this when frustrated. Lisung Randa, an instructor in psychology, asks professionally how a history library can frustrate a mathematician. Seldon explains his situation and how he is not handling it well. Randa cannot understand Seldon's papers but is curious about psychohistory. Seldon assures him that it is an abstraction; to make it practical he needs to know history. Randa points out that Seldon has been at it for mere weeks and that it may take a lifetime to make an inroad. Rather than "driving himself to distraction", Seldon should see Randa's meteorologist friends, who face even greater complexity in trying to generalize the phenomena of...

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