Science and Society
7PM Thursday, December 3, 2009
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Professor Emeritus of Physics
Institute for Advanced Study Princeton
"My book The Sun, the Genome, and the Internet
(1999) describes a vision of green technology enriching
villages all over the world and halting the
migration from villages to megacities. The three components of
the vision are all essential: the sun to provide energy where
it is needed, the genome to provide plants that can convert sunlight
into chemical fuels cheaply and efficiently, the Internet to end
the intellectual and economic isolation of rural populations.
With all three components in place, every village in Africa could
enjoy its fair share of the blessings of civilisation."
Renowned in science circles not only for his rigor and insight, but
for his science fiction imaginativeness and populist ethics. Dyson
is concerned about the future of mankind, both in the short term and
in the very remote future.
“He puzzles over the meaning
of life, the purpose of the universe and the nature of God. In short,
he is a philosopher in the broadest sense.” -- Dr.
Roger Penrose, New York Times Book Review
Dyson's recommended books
include Disturbing the Universe (1979)
and Infinite in All Directions (1989),
both among the best books ever written
about science and its place in history,
public policy, and the exploration