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Maker of patterns : an autobiography through letters

Author: Freeman J Dyson
Publisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Both recalling his life story and recounting many of the major advances in twentieth-century science, a renowned physicist shares his autobiography through letters. While recognizing that quantum mechanics "demands serious attention," Albert Einstein in 1926 admonished fellow physicist Max Born that the theory "does not bring us closer to the secrets of the Old One." Aware that "there are deep mysteries that Nature  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Freeman J Dyson; Freeman J Dyson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Freeman J Dyson
ISBN: 9780871403865 0871403862
OCLC Number: 1021069509
Description: xvi, 400 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface --
Great minds around the billiard table --
War and peace --
Truth and reconciliation --
Cornell student --
Go west, young man --
Demigods on stilts --
Nolo contendere --
Well, doc, you're in --
The physicist in love --
Cornell professor --
Mycenean tablets and spin waves --
Moscow and La Jolla --
The forsaken merman --
A spaceship and a wedding --
Homecoming --
Working for peace --
Marching for justice --
Sitting in judgment --
Two deaths and two departures --
Adventures of a psychiatric nurse --
Whale worshippers and moonchildren.
Responsibility: Freeman Dyson.

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"Both recalling his life story and recounting many of the major advances in twentieth-century science, a renowned physicist shares his autobiography through letters. While recognizing that quantum mechanics "demands serious attention," Albert Einstein in 1926 admonished fellow physicist Max Born that the theory "does not bring us closer to the secrets of the Old One." Aware that "there are deep mysteries that Nature intends to keep for herself," Freeman Dyson, the 94-year-old theoretical physicist, has nonetheless chronicled the stories of those who were engaged in solving some of the most challenging quandaries of twentieth-century physics. Written between 1940 and the early 1980s, these letters to relatives form an historic account of modern science and its greatest players, including J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, and Hans Bethe. Whether reflecting on the horrors of World War II, the moral dilemmas of nuclear development, the challenges of the space program, or the considerable demands of raising six children, Dyson offers a firsthand account of one of the greatest periods of scientific discovery of our modern age"--

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