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The future of nuclear energy: Let a thousand flowers bloom

The interior of a TRIGA nuclear reactor at Oregon State University (Image: Oregon State University)

In the summer of 1956, a handful of men gathered in a former little red schoolhouse in San Diego. These men were among the most imaginative scientists and engineers of their generation. There was their leader, Frederic de Hoffmann who had worked on the Manhattan Project and was now the president of the company General [...]

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#Dysonfest: Origin of life, climate change (denial), number theory and nuclear weapons

Dyson in 1972 (Image: William Sauro, New York Times)

In 1985 Freeman Dyson delivered the Gifford Lectures in Aberdeen, Scotland. The lectures were later turned into a book titled “Infinite in All Directions”. The title reflected both a quote from the physicist Emil Wiechert who marveled at the sheer reach of physics in the cosmos as well as Dyson’s own remarkably versatile interests. The [...]

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#Dysonfest: Celebrating Freeman Dyson’s 90th birthday

Freeman Dyson in Princeton, 2012.

Consider the set of brilliant twentieth century physicists. That’s an impressively large set. Now consider the set of brilliant physicists who contributed important ideas to several diverse fields. The set shrinks. Now further include only those thinkers who not only satisfied these criteria but who could write like poets and historians. And now finally zero [...]

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Chemistry and Biology: Kuhnian or Galisonian?

Freeman Dyson has a perspective in this week’s Science magazine in which he provides a summary of a theme he has explored in his book “The Sun, the Genome and the Internet”. Dyson’s central thesis is that scientific revolutions are driven as much or even more by tools than by ideas. This view runs somewhat [...]

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