Freeman Dyson Quotes

Freeman Dyson Quotes: [John Wheeler] rejuvenated general relativity; he made it an experimental subject and took it away from the mathematicians
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Freeman Dyson Quote: The history of mathematics is a history of horrendously difficult problems being solved by young people too ignorant to know that they were impossible.
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Quotes about Freeman Dyson: The Besicovitch style is architectural. He builds out of simply elements a delicate and complicated architectural structure, usually with a hierarchical plan, and then, when the building is finished, the completed structure leads by simple arguments to an unexpected conclusion. Every Besicovitch proof is a work of art, as carefully constructed as a Bach fugue.
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Quote about Freeman Dyson: The great question for our time is, how to make sure that the continuing scientific revolution brings benefits to everybody rather than widening the gap between rich and poor. To lift up poor countries, and poor people in rich countries, from poverty, to give them a chance of a decent life, technology is not enough. Technology must be guided and driven by ethics if it is to do more than provide new toys for the rich.
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Freeman Dyson Sayings: Science and religion are two windows that people look through, trying to understand the big universe outside, trying to understand why we are here. The two windows give different views, but both look out at the same universe. Both views are one-sided, neither is complete. Both leave out essential features of the real world. And both are worthy of respect.
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Freeman Dyson Saying: The PhD system is the real root of the evil of academic snobbery. People who have PhDs consider themselves a priesthood, and inventors generally don't have PhDs.
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Sayings about Freeman Dyson: After sketching his program for the scientific revolution that he foresaw, Bacon ends his account with a prayer:
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Saying about Freeman Dyson: To give us room to explore the varieties of mind and body into which our genome can evolve, one planet is not enough.
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Freeman Dyson Quotes: In the future, a new generation of artists will be writing genomes as fluently as Blake and Byron wrote verses.
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Freeman Dyson Quote: In desperation I asked Fermi whether he was not impressed by the agreement between our calculated numbers and his measured numbers. He replied,
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Quotes about Freeman Dyson: If the tools are bad, nature's voice is muffled. If the tools are good, nature will give us a clear answer to a clear question.
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Quote about Freeman Dyson: Trouble arises when either science or religion claims universal jurisdiction, when either religious dogma or scientific dogma claims to be infallible. Religious creationists and scientific materialists are equally dogmatic and insensitive. By their arrogance they bring both science and religion into disrepute.
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Freeman Dyson Sayings: The technologies which have had the most profound effects on human life are usually simple. A good example of a simple technology with profound historical consequences is hay. Nobody knows who invented hay, the idea of cutting grass in the autumn and storing it in large enough quantities to keep horses and cows alive through the winter. All we know is that the technology of hay was unknown to the Roman Empire but was known to every village of medieval Europe. Like many other crucially important technologies, hay emerged anonymously during the so-called Dark Ages.
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Freeman Dyson Saying: Have felt it myself. The glitter of nuclear weapons. It is irresistible if you come to them as a scientist. To feel it's there in your hands, to release this energy that fuels the stars, to let it do your bidding. To perform these miracles, to lift a million tons of rock into the sky. It is something that gives people an illusion of illimitable power and it is, in some ways, responsible for all our troubles - this, what you might call technical arrogance, that overcomes people when they see what they can do with their minds.
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