“Foundation” is a gripping work of science fiction that is based in the far future. Humanity has expanded throughout the galaxy and has colonized every planet under the rule of the Galactic Empire. The Empire, covers the entire Milky Way an is incomprehensible in size. This leads to a view that it is indestructible, and essentially eternal. At least, by most of its residents. Hari Seldon, a psycho-historian (A job that melds both psychology and history to predict broad political trends in the future) predicts a Romanesque decline and fall of the Galactic Empire. More specifically, he predicts that it will take 30,000 years to reform a Galactic Empire and gain back the scientific advances that will be lost. In order to prevent said collapse, he sets up a “Foundation” of science on the edge of the Galaxy, essentially a world filled with scientists who’s job is to catalog science and history. Seldon predicts that the foundation will form a second empire in 1000 years and save the Galaxy many hardships. The reader then sees the future of this foundation in 100 years as it deals with empires in the outer fringe of the galaxy that threaten it. But this whole idea brings up some really fundamental questions about human nature. Why does Hari Seldon go through this ordeal, and it is a huge ordeal, when he wont see even the slightest results? He talks with the emperor about this very thing, and his answer doesn’t seem to be explain much. He just talks about idealism and his identification with the mystical term “Humanity”. Honestly, I think the character point that Asminov is trying to prove is that even the smartest man in the Galaxy, a man who (correctly) predicts what no one else does, doesn’t understand humanity. He realizes the concept, but he cant even explain his own connection with that concept. Even the most brilliant people in the book deal with that idea of connection in a vast sea of humanity.