Freeman Dyson, FRS, Prof.

Freeman Dyson is now retired, having been for most of his life a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was born in England and worked as a civilian scientist for the Royal Air Force in World War II. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1945 with a B.A. degree in mathematics. He went on to Cornell University as a graduate student in 1947 and worked with Hans Bethe and Richard Feynman. His most useful contribution to science was the unification of the three versions of quantum electrodynamics invented by Feynman, Schwinger and Tomonaga. Cornell University made him a professor without bothering about his lack of Ph.D. He subsequently worked on nuclear reactors, solid state physics, ferromagnetism, astrophysics and biology, looking for problems where elegant mathematics could be usefully applied. He has written a number of books about science for the general public.

Bibliography

Disturbing the Universe

Weapons and Hope

Infinite in All Directions

Origins of Life

From Eros to Gaia

Imagined Worlds

The Sun, the Genome and the Internet

The Scientist as Rebel

A Many-colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe

 

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