Freeman Dyson

In her reflection on immigration and the importance of the past, Brain Pickings' Maria Popova recalls a letter written by Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson, dated January 2, 1948, a piece of which she excerpts from his epistolary memoir Maker of Patterns (Liveright, 2018): “Several of...
"The whole point about science is that anything important always comes as a surprise," says Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, in an interview with the Arik Korman Show. Hear more from Dyson on breakthroughs, legends,...
Brain Pickings' Maria Popova describes a moment of creative breakthrough from Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson 's Maker of Patterns (Liveright, 2018): “Suddenly, in what Dyson terms a 'flash of illumination on the Greyhound bus,' everything fell into place — he saw the equivalence of...
Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, sat down with 52 Insights to discuss life, evolution, the limitations of science, and more: "If you just look at the struggle for existence in the last million years when...
Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, sat down with Mat Kaplan of the Planetary Society for a conversation about Dyson Spheres, black holes, gravitational waves, and more, saying: "The universe is just full of things we don't understand. That's...
Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, has been honored with the Robert Heinlein Memorial Award presented by the National Space Society. The award honors the work he has done as a ground-breaking physicist and mathematician, and as a major...
In celebration of what would be physicist Richard Feynman's 100th birthday, the California Institute of Technology hosted a special two-day event (May 11–12, 2018) featuring his friends and family and some of the top scientists of today, including Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor ...
Town Hall Seattle hosted Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, in conversation with speculative fiction author Neal Stephenson and Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf at 6:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. EST) on May 9 at...
“The Noah’s Ark Egg is a way of making space colonies highly cost-effective. They’re very cheap, and also very powerful. They’re using miniaturization to spread life in the universe, not just for exploring," said Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural...
“Always when things are dull, something turns up to challenge us and to stop us from settling into a rut. Examples of things which made life difficult are all around us: comet impacts, ice ages, weapons, plagues, nuclear fission, computers, sex, sin and death. Not...
Nautilus presents short excerpts from nine of Freeman Dyson ’s letters taken from his new book Maker of Patterns, with a focus on his relationship with the physicist Richard Feynman. Dyson and Feynman had both professional and personal bonds: Dyson helped interpret...
Freeman Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, spoke with physicist and author Lisa Randall at the New York Public Library on April 10, 2018, about his new book Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters (Liveright, 2018), a personal...