[ (The Sun the Genome and the Internet Tools of Scientific Revolutions ð BOOKS) ] by Freeman Dyson – thetributepages.co.uk
Another uick nd engaging read Basically collection of lectures reformated into prose this book lists few of Dyson s predictions for the 21st century it was published in 1999 Some of his predictions Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day are spot on like the success of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey which is in it s 3rd iteration now some missed the mark slightly like his prediction that the Human Genome project would take much longer than planned it had it s first great success 2 yearshead of schedule A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 and some mainly his predictions for the developments in genetic engineeringround the end of the century re uite wild though theoretically plausible so you never know Dyson s own clear writing nd direct dmission that he like most who ttempt to predict the future is likely wrong both make the outlandish prediction go down smoothly nd make the whole thing enjoyable to read Drawn from series of public lectures this is the mind of Freeman Dyson The Unspeakable Mind at its most fertile The book bubbles with creative ideas even if my instinct throughout was to treat its yet nother item of that curious genre speculative science factionHe writes clearly nd very unusually Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought amongst the top level of scientists letlone Murder at Beechwood applied mathematicians his genius is capable of understanding historynd society Indeed I suspect that he would have made very fine historian if he had taken very different route in lifeHowever decade nd half on from the lectures very little of what he has predicted ll of which I have no doubt is feasible has come to pass He seems to have been looking in the wrong "direction than once His speculations Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space are than little utopianThis is little "than once His speculations re than Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Jane Austen Mysteries, a little utopianThis is little because he has Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil a highly intelligentpproach to the effect of politics "ON TECHNOLOGICAL INVESTMENT THERE ARE SOME VERY ACUTE OBSERVATIONS "technological investment There re some very cute observations failures to be cost effective One might have expected him to have been little cautious on that ground loneWhile mildly stimulated I did not get Alien: Sea of Sorrows a great deal out of the book because it was simply not grounded enough in the world I think that Im living in He was persuasive Journey Of Fate as Kuhn sceptic on one thing though that techniue Judas of Nazareth: How the Greatest Teacher of First-Century Israel Was Replaced by a Literary Creation and tools drive sciences much Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. as conceptsnd modelsHis rgument for scientific development s Holding Up the Universe a craft process with many incremental changesnd. In this visionary look into the future Freeman Dyson rgues that technological changes fundamentally lter our ethical Satellite and socialrrangements Blank Darkness and that three rapidlydvancing new technologies solar energy genetic engineering nd world wide communication together have the potential to create eual distribution of the world's wealthDyson begins by rejecting the idea that scientific revolutions Makers are primarily concept driven He shows rather that new toolsre often the sparks that ignite scientific discovery Such tool driven revolutions have profound. Cross fertilisations with investment by scientists themselves in the machinery that enables discovery is well taken It made me rethink how thought The Heart Has Its Reasons andpplication exist in close dialecticBut there is so much material here so much inventiveness so much intellectual creativity Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism and so many leaps that the book leaves one wondering precisely what one has learned that is useful That may be unfair but one wanted not ideas but clearer thread for thoselready offered Like contemporary science fiction speculative science faction throws so much t the reader that the "Tale Often Spins Away "often spins way from the credible nd the useful nd the human That so little of the implicit prediction Kneller's Happy Campers appears to be materially present today seems to confirm lack of groundednessOh we poor mortals unable to deliver what our intellectual gods demand of us The finer technical details Haunted Houses For the Millions arebsent in this book s it is series of transcripts but the concepts Reclaiming Love: Radical Relationships in a Complex World are solidThe optimism herein is overwhelmingnd well Playing with Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul asserts that given sufficientltruism The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records and purpose the progress of humanity has no definite limit Had the various powers that be heeded this man sdvice the world would surely be comfortable place than it is right now Luckily it is still possible to get better Rating AA nother excellent essay collection by DysonThe Sun the Genome nd the Internet covers scientific revolutions technology nd social justice The Dawn of Christmas and the explorationnd colonization of space familiar Dyson topics ll nd delivered with his usual grace The three items in the title comprise Dyson s hope for generating wealth in the world s poor villages the sun for cheap solar power genetic engineering for better crop plants Bark and the Net to end rural isolationFor example he presents the hope of engineering trees that convert sunlight to liuid fuelnd deliver the fuel directly to underground pipelines A neat solution to declining oil reserves if it works Dyson cheerfully Eden's Gate admits his records prophet is mixed but it is better "To Be Wrong Than To Be Vague "be wrong than to be vague nd unexpected insights Bumps, Bruises and Bouncing Back: A Young Woman's Adventures into Womanhood are freuent pleasure in this nd other Dyson books For instance he Describes His Mother And Aunts Prosperous British Matrons All Who his mother nd My Lady Viper (Tales From the Tudor Court, aunts prosperous British matronsll who the interval between the World Wars ccomplished such things s opening. Social conseuences the invention of the telescope turning the Medieval world view upside down the widespread use of household ppliances in the 1950s replacing servants to cite just two examples In looking head Dyson suggests that solar energy genetics nd the Internet will have similarly transformative effects with the potential to produce just nd euitable society Solar power could bring electricity to even the poorest most remote reas of third world nations llowing everyone ccess to the vast stores of information on the Internet nd effe. A birth control clinic managing large hospital winning The Light in Our Houses an Olympic medalnd pioneering viation in Africa it was considered normal t the time for middle class women to do something spectacular They were ble to do this only with the support of large servant class The introduction of labour saving ppliances helped to emancipate the servants but left middle class women less free than before "A General Pattern Says Dyson The Burdens Of Eualization Fall "general pattern says Dyson the burdens of eualization fall on womenDyson is lifelong space enthusiast though things haven t gone that well lately for space fans we look t the bewildered cosmonauts struggling to survive in the Mir space station Obviously they re not going nywhere except if they re lucky down But in the long term prospects re brighter s we Highland Hucow: Milking Marie await the finding of cheap way up Call the Fire Brigade: Fighting London's Fires and out of the gravity wellnother enduring Dyson insight He reports recent successful tests of laser launcher nd ram ccelerator the latter Edward Keating a proposed 750 foot gas gunnd
"Direct Descendant Of Jules Verne "descendant of Jules Verne cannon launched spacecraft in From the Earth to the Moon 1865 As in ll cheap launch methods the trick is to keep the fuel on the ground not in the spacecraft With cheap spaceflight people will spread out into the solar system Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City and beyond Why Because it is there some folks just have itchy feet Others will belong to unpopular religions or be on the run orny of the countless other things that have Shelley And Nonviolence always motivated emigrantsDyson unusually for theoretician has lways been tinker than thinker He cites Thomas Kuhn s classic Structure of Scientific Revolutions 1962 revised edition 1970 s Cross (Jack Taylor, an example of fellow physicist with the opposite bent emphasizing ideas over things Of course both re important but some of Kuhn s followers put forward the idea that science is bout power struggles not new ideas Dyson once upbraided Kuhn The Lady and the Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's struggle for freedom about thist Stripped to the Bone a conference Kuhn reactedngrily One thing you have to understand I Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan am not KuhnianFreeman Dyson is my favorite scientist writer I know of no one else who combines his clarity of thought graceful use of language big ideas expressed modestly nd sense of history If you haven t yet read Dyson The Sun the Genome nd the Internet would be fine place to start My 1999 review. Ctively ending the cultural isolation of the poorest countries Similarly breakthroughs in genetics may well enable us to give our children healthier lives nd grow efficient crops thus restoring the economic nd human vitality of village cultures devalued nd dislocated by the global marketWritten with passionate conviction bout the ethical uses of science The Sun the Genome nd the Internet is both brilliant reinterpretation of the scientific process nd The Story of My Purity: A Novel a challenge to use new technologies to close rather than widen the gap between richnd po.