Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People | Dreams of Earth and Sky | The Pope of Physics | A Beautiful Question | Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe | The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics | Building the H Bomb | Maverick Genius | The Scientist as Rebel
The five sections start off with an Introduction, followed by Talks about Science, Memoirs, Politics and History, and some Technical Papers. The most noteworthy is a lecture entitled Birds and Frogs to the American Mathematical Society that describes two kinds of mathematicians with examples from real life. Other invaluable contributions include an important tribute to C. N. Yang written for his retirement banquet at Stony Brook University, as well as a historical account of the Operational Research at RAF Bomber Command in World War II provocatively titled A Failure of Intelligence. The final section carries the open-ended question of whether any conceivable experiment could detect single gravitons to provide direct evidence of the quantization of gravity â Is a Graviton Detectable? Various possible graviton-detectors are examined.
This invaluable compilation contains unpublished lectures, and surveys many topics in science, mathematics, history and politics, in which Freeman Dyson has been so active and well respected around the world.
; Readership: Students of physics and mathematics and all members of the general public interested in science.
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