Dear Professor Dyson: Twenty Years of Correspondence Between Freeman Dyson and Undergraduate Students on Science, Technology, Society and Life

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World Scientific, 2016 - 435 pagina's
"Freeman Dyson has designed nuclear reactors and bomb-powered spacecraft; he has studied the origins of life and the possibilities for the long-term future; he showed quantum mechanics to be consistent with electrodynamics and started cosmological eschatology; he has won international recognition for his work in science and for his work in reconciling science to religion; he has advised generals and congressional committees. An STS (Science, Technology, Society) curriculum or discussion group that engages topics such as nuclear policies, genetic technologies, environmental sustainability, the role of religion in a scientific society, and a hard look towards the future, would count itself privileged to include Professor Dyson as a class participant and mentor. In this book, STS topics are not discussed as objectified abstractions, but through personal stories. The reader is invited to observe Dyson's influence on a generation of young people as they wrestle with issues of science, technology, society, life in general and our place in the universe. The book is filled with personal anecdotes, student questions and responses, honest doubts and passions"--
 

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1 Walking with Grandfather Letters of Introduction
1
2 Living in the Questions Real Questions Having Few Answers
10
3 A Hexagonal Mountain Three Reasons to Hate Science Three Reasons to Love It
37
4 Martha and Mary Advice to Young People Choosing Their Lifes Work
57
5 Engines with Souls Discussions about Our Machines
84
6 Steered from Afar Conversations about Identity and Conformity
103
7 The Swamp Angel Letters on Ends and Means
116
8 Rapid Rupture Letters about Nuclear Weapons
138
12 The Chainsaw and the White Oak Letters about the Environment
222
13 Why Should I Care? Discussions about Values and Ethics
248
14 Playing God Letters on Genetic Engineering
266
15 Bonds of Kinship Thoughts on Relationships
286
16 Two Windows Letters on Science and Religion
311
17 Doubt and Faith More Letters on Science Religion and Honesty
328
18 Dreams of Earth and Sky Thoughts on Meaning
349
19 Family First Letters on Priorities
372

9 Arsenals of Folly Correspondence on the Militarization of the Economy
165
10 To Touch the Face of the Stars Letters on Our Place in the Universe
194
11 Silence On Seeking Serenity and Peace of Mind
212
Bibliography
385
Index
393
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