Disturbing the Universe

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Basic Books, 1979 - Biography & Autobiography - 283 pages
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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.
 

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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.
 

Contents

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AMERICA
43
Prelude in EFlat Minor
84
Little Red Schoolhouse i 94
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POINTS BEYOND
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Index
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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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