Dreams of Earth and Sky
Freeman Dyson, Multco Central 500 D998d 2015
An edited collection from the New York Review of Books between 2010 and 2014. Dyson (FJD) is a thoughtful and adept writer, but I had no time to read this cover-to-cover. No index, and the lyrical chapter titles aren't specific enough to describe the chapter contents and does not mention the books that are reviewed. So, here's a list.
Our Biotech Future
- p09 FJD asks why no black leaves
Writing Nature's Greatest Book
Ivar Ekeland The Best of All Possible Worlds: Mathematics and Destiny, Pierre de Maupertuis, principle of least action
Michael J. Neufeld Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War. I read the BPL copy, and corresponded with MJN about sources.
The Dream of Scientific Brotherhood
John Gribbin The Fellowship: The Story of a Revolution Royal Society, WCCLS Brookwood, Multco Central Closed Stacks B
- I read about William Gilbert (magnetism and primacy of experiments), Galileo, Newton (secretive, jealous of Robert Hooke).
- Gribbin is fonder of Hooke than Newton, crediting Hooke with making the Royal Society work.
Working for the Revolution
Gino Segre Faust in Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics Penguin Books
The Question of Global Warming
Ernesto Zedillo editor Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto
Struggle for the Islands
Paul D. Stewart Galapagos: The Islands that Changed the World
Leaping into the Grand Unknown
When Science and Poetry Were Friends
Richard Holmes The Age of Wonder
What Price Glory?
Steven Weinberg Lake Views: This World and the Universe
Silent Quantum Genius
Graham Farmelo The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius ... have hardback
The Case for Far-Out Possibilities
Science on the Rampage
How We Know
James Gleick The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood read library book, example of Kele talking drums
The "Dramatic Picture" of Richard Feynman
How to Dispel Your Illusions
Daniel Kahneman Thinking Fast and Slow have
What Can You Really Know?
Jim Holt Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story philosopher interviews
Oppenheimer: The Shape of Genius
Ray Monk Robert Oppenheimer: inside the Centre not so interesting
Carson and Hollinger Reappraising Oppenheimer: Centennial Studies and Reflections
How to Be an Underdog, and Win