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"odyssey ...
1. an extended adventurous wandering
2. an intellectual or spiritual quest ..."
... American Heritage Dictionary

Rumors abound about how ADASI (pronounced like "Odyssey") got its name. Some observers see it as set apart from the rest of the publishing world, and point out that in Turkish it means "island". Others say that it is an acronym for some ancient Latin phrase that points, with convenient ambiguity, toward heaven or toward interstellar space. Even more fantastic is the unfounded speculation that Arthur C. Clarke originally wanted to name his famous novel "2001: A Space ADASI" before being seized with Homeric inspiration. Still others refuse to speculate on the origin of this homonymously suggestive name, noting with chagrin that "if the Company declines to explain its name, why should I care?" For its part, ADASI denies all rumours but still offers no explanation.

Fortunately, however, ADASI is more revealing about its methods and motivations. It aims to bring tools of self-education to your desktop, to offer classics and seminal books on science or on its history. Indeed, it is sometimes hard to tell which of these categories an ADASI book fits, because ADASI views knowledge as interdisciplinary. Citing Johannes Kepler's legendary conception of a cosmology while teaching geometry to his students, ADASI views itself as positioned where science education and science are mutually reinforcing.


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