A Celebration of Freeman Dyson’s Maker of Patterns

Join the Institute in celebrating the publication of Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography through Letters by Freeman Dyson, Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences.

The work is a collection of Dyson’s letters to relatives, written between 1940 and the late 1970s, and features the Institute, past Director J. Robert Oppenheimer, Hans Bethe, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, and others engaged in solving the quandaries of twentieth-century physics. The letters cover the period when Dyson first arrives at the Institute in 1948, among a small group of young physicists invited by Oppenheimer to work as a Member at the Institute, to his subsequent appointment to the Faculty in 1953 before the age of thirty.

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13, in Wolfensohn Hall, with a brief reading followed by a conversation between Freeman Dyson and IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf. A reception will follow in the Fuld Hall Common Room, and books will be available for purchase at the event.

To read the full press release, click here.

A video of the reading and conversation will be posted in a few days.

Date & Time

April 13, 2018 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm


Wolfensohn Hall