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Freeman Dyson

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Freeman Dyson

Freeman J. Dyson is a retired physicist and global warming inactivist with views similar to Bjorn Lomborg's.

...Dyson is now retired, having been for most of his life a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was born in England and worked as a civilian scientist for the Royal Air Force in World War 2. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1945 with a BA degree in mathematics. He went on to Cornell University as a graduate student in 1947 and worked with Hans Bethe and Richard Feynman. His most useful contribution to science was the unification of the three versions of quantum electrodynamics invented by Feynman, Schwinger and Tomonaga. Cornell University made him a professor without bothering about his lack of Ph.D. He subsequently worked on nuclear reactors, solid state physics, ferromagnetism, astrophysics and biology, looking for problems where elegant mathematics could be usefully applied. He has written a number of books about science for the general public. "Disturbing the universe" (1974) is a portrait-gallery of people he has known during his career as a scientist. "Weapons of Hope" (1984) is a study of ethical problems of war and peace. "Infinite in all directions" (1988) is a philosophical meditation based on Dyson's Gifford Lectures on Natural Theology given at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. "Origins of Life" (1986, second edition 1999) is a study of one of the major unsolved problems of science. "The sun, the Genome and the Internet" (1999) discusses the question of whether modern technology could be used to narrow the gap between rich and poor rather than widen it. Dyson is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the Royal Society of London. In 2000 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for progress in Religion. [1]

Dyson works for the Institute for Advanced Study[2]

His son is George Dyson and his daughter is Esther Dyson.

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  1. Freeman J. Dyson's Homepage. Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton. Retrieved on 2009-10-18.
  2. "[1]"
  3. TED Brain Trust, TED, accessed April 1, 2010.

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External articles

  • Nicholas Dawidoff (2009-03-25). The Civil Heretic - Freeman Dyson - Profile. New York Times Magazine. Retrieved on 2010-01-24. “...since coming “out of the closet as far as global warming is concerned”...Dyson has discovered himself variously described as “a pompous twit,” “a blowhard,” “a cesspool of misinformation,” “an old coot riding into the sunset” and, perhaps inevitably, “a mad scientist.””
  • Michael Tobis (2009-03-29). Slicin' and Dicin' with Dyson and Bryson. Only In It For The Gold. Retrieved on 2010-01-24. “The mantle of lovable old coot of liberal persuasion who thinks global warming is hooey has been passed to a new old reason to give him much press, until he actually has something of scientific substance to say on the matter.... The New York Times has done us another disservice by treating Dyson's ranting as serious or relevant.”
  • Peter Miesler (2010-01-24). Expanded Dyson Exegesis. Only In It For The Gold. Retrieved on 2010-01-24. “Simply to claim there are violently diverging opinions and leaving it at that is nothing more than another act of misdirection. Within the climate science community ...there is a large and pretty much understood picture, differing opinions regarding details, and a lot of debate focused on further developing the understanding... The “violently divergent” opinions don’t come into the picture until it crosses over into the media realm where every start up or wannabe is afforded the same weight as those who have dedicated their lives to understanding the details.”

  • Kenneth Brower, The Starship and the Canoe (Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1978).

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