Maverick Genius

Maverick Genius

The Pioneering Odyssey of Freeman Dyson

Book - 2013
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"Freeman Dyson has been influential in many fields over his long and legendary career, including quantum physics, national defense, space, and religion. In this definitive biography, author Phillip F. Schewe examines the life of one of the most innovative thinkers of our time, whose accomplishments include: designing a nuclear rocket ship, the Orion, for NASA; helping write the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; consulting Stanley Kubrick on the film 2001: A Space Odyssey; winning the coveted million dollar Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. A colleague of Albert Einstein at Princeton and friends with leading thinkers including Robert Oppenheimer, George F. Kennan, and Richard Feynman, Freeman Dyson is a larger-than-life figure in the world of science, and he has recently made headlines for his controversial views on global warming. Written with the cooperation of Dyson's children, entrepreneur Esther Dyson (an early investor in Flickr, Google, and Orbitz, who has often been called 'The First Lady of the Internet') and tech writer George Dyson, this is the first complete biography of the man who changed the way we think about science today"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312642358
0312642350
Characteristics: x, 339 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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John_M
Apr 07, 2016

I was not familiar with Freeman Dyson, though now that I am, I hear references to him on a regular basis. His accomplishments spanned a wide field. This book presents a good overview of his role in science and also shows him as a family man.

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