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Dyson, Freeman J.

Works: 291 works in 771 publications in 10 languages and 19,561 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Miscellanea  Popular works  Quotations  Conference proceedings  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Commentator, Speaker
Classifications: QH325, 500
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Origins of life by Freeman J Dyson ( )
43 editions published between 1984 and 2000 in English and held by 2,968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"How did life on Earth originate? Did replication or metabolism come first in the history of life? In this extensively rewritten second edition, Freeman Dyson examines these questions and discusses the two main theories that try to explain how naturally occurring chemicals could organize themselves into living creatures." "The majority view is that life began with replicating molecules, the precursors of modern genes. The minority belief is that random populations of molecules evolved metabolic activities before exact replication existed and that natural selection drove the evolution of cells toward greater complexity for a long time without the benefit of genes. Dyson analyzes both of these theories with reference to recent important discoveries by geologists and biologists, aiming to stimulate new experiments that could help decide which theory is correct."--Jacket
Infinite in all directions : Gifford lectures given at Aberdeen, Scotland, April-November 1985 by Freeman J Dyson ( Book )
53 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 1,566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Advanced quantum mechanics by Freeman J Dyson ( )
61 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Here, for the first time, Freeman Dyson's lectures at Cornell University in 1951, are presented."--Résumé de l'éditeur
The sun, the genome & the Internet : tools of scientific revolutions by Freeman J Dyson ( Book )
25 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in 6 languages and held by 1,230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In 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." "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."--Jacket
From Eros to Gaia by Freeman J Dyson ( Book )
18 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Readers of Freeman Dyson's previous books, Disturbing the Universe, Weapons and Hope, and Infinite in All Directions, have discovered for themselves what Dyson reveals here: that he was a writer long before he became a distinguished scientist. The aim of this new book, as Dyson says, is to open windows, to let the experts inside the temple of science see out, and to let the ordinary citizens outside see in." In this process an immensely broad range of ideas, people, contemporary history, and discoveries of many sorts pass in review. Beginning with a piece of writing he did as a child and ending with recent work, he goes from Eros, the god or youthful passion, to Gaia, the fertile life-giving mother-planet Earth. The pilgrimage is a good metaphor for the life of a writer. This book is full of discoveries. In the company of one of the most lucid minds of our time, one approaches great men and problems central to our common existence. Always there is warmth, kindness, high intelligence and humor. Dyson is intimate with both science and man. Whether he is dealing with the problems of physics or politics, whether he is engrossed in astronomy or literature, whether he is concentrating on an African village of space science, Dyson's view is always "infinite in all directions," always following the path of diversity, always keeping his eye on the wonder of our earth and the health and happiness of its inhabitants
Imagined worlds by Freeman J Dyson ( Book )
22 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chapters have such headings as: Stories, Science, Technology,Evolution, and Ethics
A Community of Scholars Impressions of the Institute for Advanced Study ( )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This beautifully illustrated anthology celebrates eighty years of history and intellectual inquiry at the Institute for Advanced Study, one of the world's leading centers for theoretical research. Featuring essays by current and former members and faculty along with photographs by Serge J-F. Levy, the book captures the spirit of curiosity, freedom, and comradeship that is a hallmark of this unique community of scholars. Founded in 1930 in Princeton, New Jersey, the institute encourages and supports fundamental research in the sciences and humanities--the original, often speculative thinking that can transform how we understand our world. Albert Einstein was among the first in a long line of brilliant thinkers to be affiliated with the institute. They include Kurt Gödel, George Kennan, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Erwin Panofsky, Homer A. Thompson, John von Neumann, and Hermann Weyl. This volume offers an intimate portrait in words and images of a storied institution that might best be described as a true academic village. The personal reflections collected here--written by leading figures from across the disciplines--bring this exceptional academic institution and its history vibrantly to life. The contributors to this anthology are Sir Michael Atiyah, Chantal David, Freeman Dyson, Jane F. Fulcher, Peter Goddard, Barbara Kowalzig, Wolf Lepenies, Paul Moravec, Joan Wallach Scott, and David H. Weinberg
Symmetry groups in nuclear and particle physics; a lecture-note and reprint volume by Freeman J Dyson ( Book )
19 editions published in 1966 in English and Undetermined and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gamma : exploring Euler's constant by Julian Havil ( )
5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Among the myriad of constants that appear in mathematics, [pi], e, and i are the most familiar. Following closely behind is [gamma] or gamma, a constant that arises in many mathematical areas yet maintains a profound sense of mystery. In a tantalizing blend of history and mathematics, Julian Havil takes the reader on a journey through logarithms and the harmonic series, the two defining elements of gamma, toward the first account of gamma's place in mathematics. Introduced by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), who figures prominently in this book, gamma is defined as the limit of the sum of 1 + 1/2 + 1/3 + ... + 1/n - In n, the numerical value being 0.5772156 ... But unlike its more celebrated colleagues [pi] and e, the exact nature of gamma remains a mystery -- we don't even know if it can be expressed as a fraction. Among the numerous topics that arise during this historical odyssey into fundamental mathematical ideas are the Prime Number Theorem and the most important open problem in mathematics today, the Riemann Hypothesis (though no proof of either is offered!). Sure to be popular with not only students and instructors but all math aficionados, Gamma takes us through countries, centuries, lives, and works, unfolding along the way the stories of some remarkable mathematics from some remarkable mathematicians
The best American science and nature writing 2010 ( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Freeman Dyson, renowned physicist and public intellectual, edits this year's volume of the finest science and nature writing
A many-colored glass : reflections on the place of life in the universe by Freeman J Dyson ( Book )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Freeman Dyson's latest book does not attempt to bring together all of the celebrated physicist's thoughts on science and technology into a unified theory. The emphasis is, instead, 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 Dyson's recent public lectures - delivered to audiences with no specialized knowledge in hard sciences - the book begins with a consideration of the practical and political questions surrounding biotechnology. As he seeks how best to explain the place of life in the universe, Dyson then moves from the ethical to the purely scientific. The book concludes with an attempt to understand the implications of biology for philosophy and religion."--BOOK JACKET
Selected papers of Freeman Dyson with commentary by Freeman J Dyson ( Book )
6 editions published in 1996 in English and German and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Values at war : selected Tanner lectures on the nuclear crisis by Freeman J Dyson ( Book )
4 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Glorious accident understanding our place in the cosmic puzzle ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This extraordinary set brings together some of the greatest scientific thinkers of our day, recording man's place in the Cosmic puzzle
Disturbing the universe by Freeman J Dyson ( Book )
38 editions published between 1930 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Spanning the years from World War II, when he was a civilian statistician in the operations research section of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command, through his studies with Hans Bethe at Cornell University, his early friendship with Richard Feynman, and his postgraduate work with J. Robert Oppenheimer, Freeman Dyson has composed an autobiography unlike any other. Dyson evocatively conveys the thrill of a deep engagement with the world-be it as scientist, citizen, student, or parent. Detailing a unique career not limited to his groundbreaking work in physics, Dyson discusses his interest in minimizing loss of life in war, in disarmament, and even in thought experiments on the expansion of our frontiers into the galaxies
The ultimate quotable Einstein by Albert Einstein ( )
4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Here is the definitive new edition of the hugely popular collection of Einstein quotations that has sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide and been translated into twenty-five languages. The Ultimate Quotable Einstein features 400 additional quotes, bringing the total to roughly 1,600 in all. This ultimate edition includes new sections--"On and to Children," "On Race and Prejudice," and "Einstein's Verses: A Small Selection"--As well as a chronology of Einstein's life and accomplishments, Freeman Dyson's authoritative foreword, and new commentary by Alice Calaprice. In The Ultimate Quotabl
Refusenik, trapped in the Soviet Union by M. I︠A︡ Azbelʹ ( Book )
1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The scientist as rebel by Freeman J Dyson ( Book )
16 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"From Galileo to today's amateur astronomers, scientists have been rebels, writes Freeman Dyson. Like artists and poets, they are free spirits who resist the restrictions their cultures impose on them. In their pursuit of Nature's truths, they are guided as much by imagination as by reason, and their greatest theories have the uniqueness and beauty of great works of art. Dyson argues that the best way to understand science is by understanding those who practice it. He tells stories of scientists at work, ranging from Isaac Newton's absorption in physics, alchemy, theology, and politics, to Ernest Rutherford's discovery of the structure of the atom, to Albert Einstein's stubborn hostility to the idea of black holes. His descriptions of brilliant physicists like Edward Teller and Richard Feynman are enlivened by his own reminiscences of them. He looks with a skeptical eye at fashionable scientific fads and fantasies, and speculates on the future of climate prediction, genetic engineering, the colonization of space, and the possibility that paranormal phenomena may exist yet not be scientifically verifiable." "Dyson also looks beyond particular scientific questions to reflect on broader philosophical issues, such as the limits of reductionism, the morality of strategic bombing and nuclear weapons, the preservation of the environment, and the relationship between science and religion. These essays offer informed insights into the history of science and fresh perspectives on contentious current debates about science, ethics, and faith."--BOOK JACKET
Neutron stars and pulsars by Freeman J Dyson ( Book )
3 editions published in 1971 in English and Italian and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La vie dans l'univers : réflexions d'un physicien by Freeman J Dyson ( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in French and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Trois conférences données à l'université de Virginie en mars 2004 sur les retombées pratiques et politiques de la biotechnologie. En expliquant la place de la vie dans l'Univers, le physicien passe d'un plan éthique à une approche scientifique et s'interroge sur les conséquences des avancées de la biologie sur la philosophie et la religion
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Alternative Names
Daĭson, F.
Dajson, F.
Dajson, F. 1923-
Dyson, F.
Dyson, F. 1923-
Dyson, F. (Freeman)
Dyson, F. J.
Dyson, F. J. 1923-
Dyson, F. J. (Freeman J.)
Dyson, Freeman.
Dyson, Freeman 1923-
Dyson, Freeman J.
Dyson, Freeman J. 1923-
Dyson, Freeman John
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Дайсон, Ф.
Дайсон, Ф. (Фримен)
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ダイソン, F
ダイソン, フリーマン
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