By (author) Freeman J. Dyson
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Imagined Worlds by Freeman J. Dyson
Book DescriptionOne hundred years after H. G. Wells visited the future in The Time Machine, Freeman Dyson marshals his uncommon gifts as a scientist and storyteller to take us once more to that ever-closer, ever-receding time to come. The stories he tells - about "Napoleonic" versus "Tolstoyan" styles of doing science; the coming era of radioneurology and radiotelepathy; the works of writers from Aldous Huxley to Michael Crichton to William Blake; Samuel Gompers and the American labor movement - come from science, science fiction, and history. Sharing in the joy and gloom of these sources, Dyson seeks out the lessons we must learn from all three if we are to understand out future and guide it in hopeful directions. Whether looking at the Gaia theory or the future of nuclear weapons, science fiction or the dangers of "science worship, " seagoing kayaks or the Pluto Express, Dyson is concerned with ethics, with how we might mitigate the evil consequences of technology and enhance the good.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674539099
(210mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Freeman J. Dyson
Many-colored Glass, Paperback (January 2010)
Focuses on the myriad ways in which the universe presents itself to us - and how, as observers and participants in its processes, we respond to it. Taken from the author's public lectures, this book begins with a consideration of the practical and political questions surrounding biotechnology.
Scientist as Rebel, Paperback (October 2008)
Dyson profiles scientists-Newton Einstein, Teller, Feynman-whose independent thought allowed them to make great conceptual leaps.
Star Maker, Paperback (May 2004)
First published in 1937, Olaf Stapledon's descriptions of alien life are a political commentary on human life in the turbulent inter-war years. The book challenges preconceived notions of intelligence and awareness, and argues for a broadened perspective that would free us from culturally ingrained thought and our inevitable anthropomorphism.
Sun, the Genome and the Internet, Paperback (June 2001)» View all books by Freeman J. Dyson
Written with passionate conviction about the ethical uses of science, The Sun, The Genome, and The Internet is both a brilliant reinterpretation of the scientific process and a challenge to use new technologies to close, rather than widen, the agp between rich and poor.
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Author Biography - Freeman J. Dyson
Freeman Dyson is Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
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