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by Freeman Dyson

eBook From Eros to Gaia download ISBN: 0679413073
Author: Freeman Dyson
Publisher: Pantheon; First Edition edition (May 26, 1992)
Language: English
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From Eros to Gaia is a non-fiction scientific book of 35 non-technical writings by Freeman J. Dyson, Professor Emeritus of Physics at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study

From Eros to Gaia is a non-fiction scientific book of 35 non-technical writings by Freeman J. Dyson, Professor Emeritus of Physics at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study. This book is a collection of essays written from 1933 (when Dyson was nine years old) to 1990. It was originally published by Pantheon Books in 1992. The book begins with Dyson's juvenile 1933 science fiction story concerning the asteroid Eros.

Instead of history, I give you anecdotes

Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading FROM EROS TO GAIA. Instead of history, I give you anecdotes. Instead of analysis, I give you opinions," writes Dyson in the essay "Strategic Bombing in World War 2 and Today: Has Anything Changed?" This aptly describes the whole collection.

This book is essentially Freeman Dyson's autobiography. From Eros To Gaia deals with many concerns facing scientists today. Eros is the Greek term for the highest love, and Gaia is the Greek name for the life-giving mother earth. He lived through very interesting times (WW II), and interacted with fascinating people. He gives you an alternate look at what happened during this important period. Dyson's resolve is that we must respect both if we are to continue are sojourn on this planet as a species. I believe he is correct.

Readers of Freeman Dyson’s previous books, Disturbing the Universe, Weapons and Hope, and Infinite in All Directions, have discovered for themselves what Dyson reveals here: that he was a writer long before he became a distinguished scientist.

A Cornelia & Michael Bessie book. Includes bibliographical references and index.

From Eros to Gaia book. A professor of physics, Dyson combines vast intellectual insight with a warm and engaging writing style in examining the dilemmas facing the modern world. Features seven essays from Dyson's book.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. Readers of Freeman Dyson's previous books, Disturbing the Universe, Weapons and Hope, and Infinite in All Directions, have discovered for themselves what Dyson reveals here: that he was a writer long before. Readers of Freeman Dyson's previous books, Disturbing the Universe, Weapons and Hope, and Infinite in All Directions, have discovered for themselves what Dyson reveals here: that he was a writer long before he became a distinguished scientist.

From Eros To Gaia deals with many concerns facing scientists today. Physicist and philosopher Freeman Dyson writes about science, scientists, politics, arms control, nature and humanity. A few are incredibly profound. The aim of this new book, as Dyson says, is to open windows, to let the experts inside the temple of science see out, and to let the ordinary citizens outside see in.

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The author of Disturbing the Universe presents a selection of essays that include discussions of his early fascination with science and space, his contemporary analyses of the politics of "smart" weapons, and more.
Comments: (7)
Zamo
Being a physicist, especially a mathematical physicist, is the ultimate training for reducing problems to their essences. Couple this with broad interests, a great desire to do good, and a wide circle of famous and interesting friends, then you get a lifetime of successfully addressing an incredible variety of monumental and seemingly intractable problems: getting bombers safely back from missions; interplanetary travel; science education; global warming; SETI; and most famously, arms control. A lifetime of reminiscences and stories about heroes: Oppenheimer, Kennan, and all the great physicists of the mid- to late-20th century – Einstein, Bethe, Yang, Schwinger, and most of all, Feynman.
FEtG is a collection of reviews, chapters, essays, keynotes, forwards, and dedications. All of course written in Dyson’s distinct and unmistakable style. Never a sentence out of place. Never a doubt what he means. This leads to a little redundancy, but always worth it for the resulting clarity.
There are many observations and arguments about scientific research. Mix of large and small projects. Mix of mainstream and quirky projects. The impact of politics, its necessity and its negative consequences. And there is his peerless self-observation, especially in the frailty of memory. This comes out in one of the most moving chapters, a history of his interactions with Feynman. With only minimal new connecting text to give context, it is entirely abstracts from letters and so dates within a few days of the events.
Is it dated? Only a little. If it were to be re-released I would only remove one or two essays, on the future of Astronomy research and seen from the 1960s.
The truly great essay is the last: The Face of Gaia. A near death experience has brought on clarity. There is much moving in the few pages. But my favorite part is a simple prosaic observation that explains so much interpersonal drama. Not to mention current political hostility. Humans necessarily have loyalties at six different “levels”: self, family, tribe, culture, species, planet. These must conflict.
Naktilar
This book is essentially Freeman Dyson's autobiography. He lived through very interesting times (WW II), and interacted with fascinating people. He gives you an alternate look at what happened during this important period.
Wyameluna
Good deal.
Hamrl
The mathmatician / physicist Freeman Dyson is a Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton university. His career has distinguished him as a top notch scientist who is brilliant, insightful, and perhaps most important, a kind and gentle fellow. From Eros To Gaia deals with many concerns facing scientists today. Eros is the Greek term for the highest love, and Gaia is the Greek name for the life-giving mother earth. Dyson's resolve is that we must respect both if we are to continue are sojourn on this planet as a species. I believe he is correct.
Dyson explains how well-intentioned scientific projects get corrupted by politics so much that their outcomes and results are many times enervated by sundry extraneous issues and agendas. He also discusses how he thinks higher education could be improved via the institution of fresh approaches and schemes. As an added bonus, Feynman's legions of admirers will be delighted by the stories of he & Dyson's friendship.
This work is filled with remarkable clarity of thought & truly conveys majesty of this remarkable man's perspective on the world. I have the cassette version of this title & on it Dyson narrates the book himself. He has a pleasant voice & I would recommend this medium for Dyson's fans out there.
Laizel
I've long been an admirer of Freeman Dyson, even had lunch with him once a few years ago, and have read a few of his other books in the past. This relatively recent collection of essays includes things written all through his life, and provides a wonderful perspective on Dyson as a person, and his amazing view of the world. From a short story written as a child (the "Eros" part) to an account of an almost spiritual experience associated with a mugging in Washington DC, from Dyson's insights into bureaucratic mismanagement (the practical "plan A" vs. the prestigious "plan B" - guess what wins) to a collection of letters home about his good friend Dick Feynman, reading these pieces is illuminating and envigorating.
Talvinl
Physicist and philosopher Freeman Dyson writes about science, scientists, politics, arms control, nature and humanity. Includes book reviews, biographical sketches, obituaries, book introductions, and more.

Some of the pieces would be best enjoyed by physicists and scientists; most are very accessible. A few are incredibly profound.

--Stefan Jones
Galanjov
This british-born oldman is really a great thinker,the feynman kind. Especially,his opinion about institutions, everybody with a completed brain must read it, we can see the light of the future of this planet.