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The Scientist as Rebel (New York Review Books) (2008)

by Freeman Dyson

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This collection of reviews and essays by Freeman Dyson is a miscellany despite the title, including anecdotes about such notaries as Oppenheimer, Teller and Feynman as well as thoughtful essays on war and peace. I particularly like Dyson's thoughts on what it will take to successfully work to abolish nuclear weapons. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
The Scientist As Rebel is a collection of some of Freeman J. Dyson's book reviews, short essays, and speeches. While science is the main subject, Freeman is such a polymath that many other areas are touched on. Poetry, history, literature, biography, and politics are some of the areas touched upon. Dyson is never strident and shows a toleration for religion that many scientists do not. He never gives religionists a free pass but does concede that humans and religion form a tight bond. Dyson comes across as a person one could sit down and have fascinating conversations with for hours without tempers flaring even when controversial subjects are broached. At his core he is a humanist writ large. He has been friends with a vast and varied assortment of personalities throughout his now long life. It was quite a pleasure to spend some time with him via this book. ( )
1 vote VisibleGhost | Aug 22, 2010 |
Collection of 29 previously published essays. For someone who unfortunately disparages reductionism more than religion, Dyson's mind is about as sharp as any can be.
  fpagan | Jan 27, 2007 |
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This collection of essays offers fresh and often unexpected perspectives on the history, methods, and ethics of science, as well as informative and accessible ways of thinking about contentious current debates on the relations between science, religion, literature, and society.… (more)

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