Dyson on Heresy, Climate Change, and Science

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  1. Freeman Dyson - In Conversation

    Prof Freeman Dyson of Princeton has long been a critic of climate change orthodoxies. Here he talks of his life as a daring proposer of ideas - such as the genetically modified trees to soak up carbon dioxide and kites flying in Antarctica to cause more snowfall and abate sea level rise.

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  2. The Dysons | In Praise of Open Thinking

    "As a working hypothesis to explain the riddle of our existence," says Freeman Dyson, "I propose that our universe is the most interesting of all possible universes, and our fate as human beings is to make it so." One of the characteristics of diversity—in science, in technology, in biology, in culture, in software, or in children—is that the underlying programming tends to be open source, or connected in all directions. Freeman Dyson and George Dyson think in all directions, but each filters through a particular lens: Freeman Dyson writes about the future and George Dyson writes about the past. This discussion, moderated by Tim O'Reilly, goes in both directions. Questions from the audience are invited either spontaneously or in advance. (Unfortunately the third Dyson, Esther, was unable to participate, having been stuck in Texas.)

    This keynote presentation was recorded at the Open Source Convention (OSCON) 2004 in Portland, Oregon.

    http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/shows/detail170.html

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  3. Freeman Dyson on Amateur Scientists and the New Age of Wonder

    Freeman Dyson talks to Charles Petersen about Richard Holmes's book 'The Age of Wonder,' his own education in chemistry and poetry, and how amateur biotechnology might help solve the problem of global warming. To read Dyson's article, or his other work for the Review, please visit nybooks.com

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  4. Freeman Dyson Looks Back on a Legendary Career in Science

    Freeman Dyson is a legend in science. He’s been friends and colleagues with the giants of 20th century physics, including Wolfgang Pauli, Richard Feynman and Robert Oppenheimer. At 93, he’s no longer an active scientist, but he’s still affiliated with Princeton’s famous Institute for Advanced Study. He says a bit of ignorance can lead to scientific breakthroughs, and he believes we should abolish the Ph.D system, which often grinds down promising scientists.

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  5. Freeman Dyson | Dreams of Earth and Sky

    Embodying ''the ideal of the scientist as iconoclast'' (Wired), Dr. Freeman Dyson is one of the world's most intriguing and accomplished theoretical physicists and mathematicians, renowned for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, nuclear engineering, futurism, metaphysics, and astronomy. In addition to a decades-long career in academia and scientific publishing, he is a member of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and is the winner of the Enrico Fermi Award, among dozens of other honors. Ranging in time from the seventeenth-century scientific revolution to the future of the human race, Dyson's new collection of essays explores and celebrates the unconventional ideas that have changed the world.

    In conversation with Dave Goldberg, professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Physics at Drexel University (recorded 4/21/2015)

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  6. Freeman Dyson: Heretical Thoughts About Science and Society

    Freeman Dyson with dry wit and self-effacing good humor explains that by heretical he means ideas that go against prevailing dogmas, and that in his self-appointed role as heretic, he is unimpressed by conventional wisdom.

    Hosted by Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future on November 1, 2005.

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  7. Science Weekly Extra podcast: Fred Pearce’s definitive account of the Climategate emails | Science | theguardian.com

    Fred Pearce discusses his new book about the University of East Anglia hacked climate emails saga

    http://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/audio/2010/jun/14/science-weekly-extra-podcast-fred-pearce-climategate-emails

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