The Sun, the Genome and the Internet
Tools of Scientific Revolution
By (author) Freeman J. Dyson
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Sun, the Genome and the Internet by Freeman J. Dyson
Book DescriptionIn this visionary look into the future, Freeman Dyson argues that technological changes fundamentally alter our ethical and social arrangements and that three rapidly advancing new technologies - solar energy, genetic engineering, and worldwide communication - together have the potential to create a more equal distribution of the world's wealth. Dyson begins by rejecting the idea that scientific revolutions are primarily concept driven. He shows rather that new tools are more often the sparks that ignite scientific discovery. Such tool-driven revolutions have profound social consequences: the invention of the telescope turning the medieval view of the world upside down, the widespread use of household appliances in the 1950s replacing servants, to cite just two examples. In looking ahead, Dyson suggests that solar energy, genetics, and the Internet will have similarly transformative effects, with the potential to produce a more just and equitable society. Solar power could bring electricity to even the poorest, most remote areas of third-world nations, allowing everyone access to the vast stores of information on the Internet and effectively ending the cultural isolation of the poorest countries. Similarly, breakthroughs in genetics may well enable us to give our children healthier lives and grow more efficient crops, thus restoring the economic and human vitality of village cultures devalued and dislocated by the global market. 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 gap between rich and poor.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195139228
(203mm x 134mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 7-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Freeman J. Dyson
Many-colored Glass, Paperback (January 2010)
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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.
Deep Hot Biosphere, Paperback (May 2001)» View all books by Freeman J. Dyson
Proposes answers to often-asked questions such as: Is the deep hot biosphere where life originated, and do Mars and other seemingly barren planets contain deep biospheres? And is it possible that there is an enormous store of hydrocarbons upwelling from deep within the earth that can provide us with abundant supplies of gas and petroleum?
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Author Biography - Freeman J. Dyson
Freeman Dyson is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton University. His previous books include Distrubing the Universe, Infinite in All Directions, and Weapons and Hope. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Phi Beta Kappa Award in science.
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