Disturbing the Universe

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Basic Books, 1979 - Biography & Autobiography - 283 pages
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"Disturbing the Universe is a passionate testament, one of the most remarkable self-portraits of a scientist that have ever read....

"Though this book is meant primarily for non-scientists, to acquaint them with how a scientist looks at the world, one does not have to read far to realize that this is the witness, not of a scientist representing his class, but of a unique kind of scientist, a man endowed with literary skill, with a rare capacity for humor and for introspection, with a sensitive understanding of the language of the humanist. His rich fantasy life is freely communicated in actual dreams, narrated with beautiful simplicity, that may reveal the deepest fonts of his being. Imaginative ventures into the possibilities of exploring and colonizing the universe are interspersed with vignettes of the major physicists of our time, demonstrating once again the truth of the Pascalian reflection that only the great can truly appreciate their peers." -- Frank E. Manuel, The New Republic


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We read this book in a Science, Technology, and Society class. I always read the texts before the semester started and told the professor that I knew his game. This is an ethics book. Sure, deep science gets discussed and how the world has been shaped by the decisions regarding the science is expected. But, Dyson is able to personalize the decisions made in the past century and show that ethics is important in almost every facet of life... especially science.
I found this book to be much better than what I was expecting because I always had problems with science in school. Dyson does a great job of using his life to tell a simple bit of how science has moved.


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Freeman Dyson is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is the author of seven books and the recipient of numerous awards including a National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2000 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

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