The Scientist as Rebel
Paperback ISBN: 1590172949
From Galileo to today’s amateur astronomers, scientists have been rebels, writes Freeman J. Dyson. Like artists and poets, they are free spirits who resist the restrictions their cultures impose on them. In their pursuit of nature’s truths, they are guided as much by imagination as by reason, and their greatest theories have the uniqueness and beauty of great works of art.Dyson argues that the best way to understand science is by understanding those who practice it. He tells stories of scientists at work, ranging from Isaac Newton’s absorption in physics, alchemy, theology, and politics, to Ernest Rutherford’s discovery of the structure of the atom, to Albert Einstein’s stubborn hostility to the idea of black holes. His descriptions of brilliant physicists like Edward Teller and Richard Feynman are enlivened by his own reminiscences of them. He looks with a skeptical eye at fashionable scientific fads and fantasies, and speculates on the future of climate prediction, genetic engineering, the colonization of space, and the possibility that paranormal phenomena may exist yet not be scientifically verifiable.Dyson also looks beyond particular scientific questions to reflect on broader philosophical issues, such as the limits of reductionism, the morality of strategic bombing and nuclear weapons, the preservation of the environment, and the relationship between science and religion. These essays, by a distinguished physicist who is also a prolific writer, offer informed insights into the history of science and fresh perspectives on contentious current debates about science, ethics, and faith.
The Universe Is a Green Dragon
A Cosmic Creation Story
Paperback ISBN: 0939680149
Communicating his ideas in the form of a classical dialogue between a youth and a wise elder, cosmologist Brian Swimme crafts a fascinating exploration into the creativity suffusing the universe. His explication of the fundamental powers of the cosmos is mystical and ecstatic and points directly to the need to activate one's own creative powers.
IFLScience 117 Things You Should F*#king Know About Your World
Paperback ISBN: 0762494530
The creators of the IFLScience website offer a compendium of their best articles in their trademark irreverent but celebratory and entertaining style providing fascinating facts about health, nature, the human brain and space. 15,000 first printing. Original. Illustrations.
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016
Paperback ISBN: 0544748999
This anthology of writing in the fields of science and nature include a Pulitzer Prize-winning essay on the earthquake that could destroy the West Coast and an investigative journalism piece that generated change in the nail salon industry. Original. 25,000 first printing.
13 Things That Don't Make Sense
The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
Paperback ISBN: 0307278816
Offers a provocative look at thirteen of the most hotly debated topics in modern-day science and analyzes how issues from cold fusion to dark matter are changing the way scientists work and how they will shape and define science in the twenty-first century. Reprint.
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015
Paperback ISBN: 054428674x
An award-winning science writer and the best-selling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks selects the year's top science and nature writing from writers who, balancing research with humanity, have penned fascinating stories of discovery across the disciplines. Original. 25,000 first printing.