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Disturbing The Universe (Sloan Foundation Science Series) Paperback – April 15, 1981
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Dyson begins by writing about his childhood, but even then, the reader can sense that Dyson's perspective encompasses far more than childhood events, as he mentions a favorite children's story in which the hero finds that his toys have come to life and run amuck; a constant theme in the book is that of responsibility for one's scientific discoveries.
Dyson continues with stories about his involvement in RAF Bomber Command during WWII, where he learned the ineffectualness of strategic bombing. But soon Dyson begins branching out from his personal life to address issues such as the search for extraterrestial intelligence, nuclear disarmament, and the role of science and religion.
His words are laced with compassion, as he speaks of the wrongs he has seen committed, very rarely with anger, although he has certainly more than earned that right! One thing that especially struck me over and over is the profound wisdom that this man has. This is a man who would appear a paradox: a seeker of peace yet utterly realistic, a rational scientist yet devoutly religious. You will not be able to resolve this apparent contradiction unless you read this book! And then you will want to read it again. I certainly did.
The open pages of Dyson's life, as recalled here, take the concept of "laws of nature" far beyond the realm of subatomic particle physics into the space of everyday social experience. This is a book about the development of social conscience, fueled by the ethical questions of nuclear weapons development. It is perhaps predictable that the book dwells on the questions of the morality of war, but the fresh perspectives and depth of thought on this topic kept me engaged. Reaching far beyond the role of science in war, the book extrapolates this discourse into the broader question of technology's role in a conscionable future of humanity.Read more ›
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If you are already familiar with Freeman Dyson, this book will not deceive you. Well rooted in his stile, he brings original, personal points of view on matters that relate humans... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MARIANO MARTIN PEREZ
This guy has a lot of interesting insights into many science or technology topics. Many are a relevant today as when this book was published over 30 years ago.Published 7 months ago by olderguysrule
A very interesting book by an insightful if somewhat strange man. I enjoyed hearing his thoughts on the wide range of topics he touched, but don't necessarily agree with all of his... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joseph E. Senecal
This book is utterly readable. It's the kind of book that you keep for yourself, and recommend without hesitation.
The quality of writing is superb and something of a rarity. Read more
Freeman Dyson is a great physicist, not as well know as he should be.Published 14 months ago by Bill
I had a conversation with Freeman Dyson and he told me to purchase this book to get to know him better. I did and I don't regret it.Published 15 months ago by Mike