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300-plus new quotations, more than 1,200 in all A day-by-day summary of Johanna Fantova's phone conversations with Einstein toward the end of his life A touching account of Einstein's last days A new section, "On Aging" Three virtually unknown original verses of the song "As Time Goes By" (from the movie Casablanca) that refer to Einstein Robert Service's poem "Einstein"

  • Origins of Life
    by Freeman Dyson
    ISBN 0521626684 (0-521-62668-4)
    Softcover, Cambridge University Press

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    This general book starts by surveying theories and experiments concerned with the origin of life; it then gives a sketch of new ideas and experiments by which the gaps in our understanding may be filled. The principal new idea is that a search for chemical models of primitive life which are highly tolerant of errors may result in the recognition of structures which do not involve exact replication of molecules. It is suggested that genes originated later, as parasites infecting an earlier non-replicating fauna. As the word origins in the title implies, the author suggests that we should look carefully at the notion that life began twice, once with cells and later with genes. The book is based on the Tarner lectures, given with the support of Trinity College, Cambridge, to a mixed university audience of educated but not expert listeners. It is therefore written for such a non-specialist reader.

  • The Scientist as Rebel (New York Review Collections)
    by Freeman Dyson
    ISBN 1590172167 (1-59017-216-7)
    Hardcover, New York Review Books

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    An illuminating collection of essays by an award-winning scientist whom the London Times calls one of the worlds most original minds.

    From Galileo to todays 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 Natures 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 Newtons absorption in physics, alchemy, theology, and politics, to Ernest Rutherfords discovery of the structure of the atom, to Albert Einsteins 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, by a distinguished physicist who is also a lovely writer, offer informed insights into the history of science and fresh perspectives on contentious current debates about science, ethics, and faith.

  • Dyson, Freeman: Selected Papers of Freeman Dyson with Commentary (Collected Works)
    Selected Papers of Freeman Dyson with Commentary (Collected Works)
    by Freeman Dyson
    ISBN 082181141X (0-8218-1141-X)
    Softcover, American Mathematical Society

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    This book offers a unique compilation of papers in mathematics and physics from Freeman Dyson's 50 years of activity and research. These are the papers that Dyson considers most worthy of preserving, and many of them are classics. The papers are accompanied by commentary explaining the context from which they originated and the subsequent history of the problems that either were solved or left unsolved. This collection offers a connected narrative of the developments in mathematics and physics in which the author was involved, beginning with his professional life as a student of G. H. Hardy.

  • Dyson, Freeman: Weapons and Hope
    Weapons and Hope
    by Freeman Dyson
    ISBN 0060390395 (0-06-039039-5)
    Softcover, Harpercollins

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    Explores ways to live and survive in a nuclear age and examines the key areas of public morality, weapons technology, and international policy

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