Aug 13, 2020
Dreams of Earth and Sky
Posted by Freeman Dyson

In this sequel to The Scientist as Rebel 2006 , Freeman Dyson whom The Times of London calls one of the world s most original minds celebrates openness to unconventional ideas and the spirit of joyful dreaming in which he believes that science should be pursued Throughout these essays, which range from the creation of the Royal Society in the seventeenth century to tIn this sequel to The Scientist as Rebel 2006 , Freeman Dyson whom The Times of London calls one of the world s most original minds celebrates openness to unconventional ideas and the spirit of joyful dreaming in which he believes that science should be pursued Throughout these essays, which range from the creation of the Royal Society in the seventeenth century to the scientific inquiries of the Romantic generation to recent books by Daniel Kahneman and Malcolm Gladwell, he seeks to break down the barriers that separate science from other sources of human wisdom Dyson discusses twentieth century giants of physics such as Richard Feynman, J Robert Oppenheimer, Paul Dirac, and Steven Weinberg, many of whom he knew personally, as well as Winston Churchill s pursuit of nuclear weapons for Britain and Wernher von Braun s pursuit of rockets for space travel And he takes a provocative, often politically incorrect approach to some of today s most controversial scientific issues global warming, the current calculations of which he thinks are probably wrong the future of biotechnology, which he expects to dominate our lives in the next half century as the tools to design new living creatures become available to everyone and the flood of information in the digital age Dyson offers fresh perspectives on the history, the philosophy, and the practice of scientific inquiry and even on the blunders, the wild guesses and wrong theories that are also part of our struggle to understand the wonders of the natural world.

  • Title: Dreams of Earth and Sky
  • Author: Freeman Dyson
  • ISBN: 9781590178546
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dreams of Earth and Sky In this sequel to The Scientist as Rebel Freeman Dyson whom The Times of London calls one of the world s most original minds celebrates openness to unconventional ideas and the spirit of joyful

    Tuck

    nice essays, well written and informative, about history of science and philosophy of scientific inquiry dyson is big huge well spoken cheerleader for science, the study and teaching of, history of etc 3stars you say instead of 5 whats up too too cheerleady for me im already a fan but some very interesting bits about feynman, steven weinberg, dirac, digital, and mistakes made and how to learn from that, and serendipityere has been a whole industry of writing about dyson s ideas of serendipity, l [...]


    D.L. Morrese

    This collection of essays and extended reviews of recent books on science and scientists includes several anecdotes from the author s life The last century has been a particularly transformative time in science, and Freeman Dyson lived through much of it His impressions and interpretations can be quite interesting.


    Bill Leach

    This book is a set of essays by Dyson where he presents the theme of a book then adds his own thoughts on the subject Some of the chapters I found interesting where Our Biotech Future references articles by Carl Woese, wherein he raises the question of when Darwinian evolution started Woese postulates a golden age of pre Darwinian life, when horizontal gene transfer was universal and separate species did not exist The Dream of Scientific Brotherhood discusses John Gribban s book The Fellowship w [...]


    Dylan

    Good overview and history behind of a variety of modern topics in science, technology, and politics I really like that Dyson offers responses to readers comments at the end of each section Sometimes the sections leave you wanting a little bit info, but fortunately he does leave references.


    Repix

    Igual que en libro anterior, El cient fico rebelde, este contiene art culos, reflexiones, rese as, etc que est n muy bien, muy entretenidas, y otras muy aburridas o que a mi no me interesaban Resumiendo desigual.


    Svetlana

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    Philipp

    A follow up to Dyson s earlier The Scientist as Rebel, both collections of essays from the NYRB that start out as book reviews and end up as general reflections.This one wasn t as much fun as the earlier collection mostly because the grandiosity just isn t here In The Scientist As Rebel, Dyson speculates about how to use genetically modified plants to terraform asteroids there s a little bit like that here in Dreams of Earth and Sky, notably in speculation about gene editing tools becoming commo [...]


    Jim

    This is a collection of book reviews by Freeman Dyson I was not familiar with Dyson before reading this book He is a 91 year old physicist and several of the books are about people he knew well He is famous for contrarian views The reviews are not typical reviews, he often talks about what wasn t in the book instead of what the book was about and gives background about the topic instead of critiquing the book I found his asides interesting Sometimes he goes off on a silly digression, particularl [...]


    Garrett Haynes

    A decent read It is a collection of book reviews by Dyson, mostly historical, slightly biographical, and generally informative of the basics of scientific history If you are looking for something deep or technical this not the book for you If you want a book that is easy to read in sections or with chapters you can skip and you are a fan of Dyson this will be a good read.


    Anton

    This is only notionally a book of book reviews In truth it s a set of insights and opinions from a one in a million intellect who s stood at the nexus of science for most of the 20th century Freeman Dyson provides insights into the nature of human inquisitiveness, politics, vanity, the future and many other topics Rewarding read.


    Patrick

    Freeman Dyson is a genius and has so many original ideas in this collection of essays I couldn t even count them all All are explained with a clarity and brevity that will leave you impressed The subjects are varied and of great interest to most of a scientific bent.


    Phillip

    Dyson has a wonderful mind.


    Mills College Library

    500 D998 2015


    Alex Telfar

    eh didnt realise it was just going to be some book reviews.



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