AUTHORSchewe, Phillip F.
TITLEMaverick Genius: The Pioneering Odyssey of Freeman Dyson
PUBLISHERSt. Martin’s Press
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2013
ISBN978-0-312-64235-8


This is the first biography of Freeman Dyson, physicist and cultural icon of the latter half of the twentieth century. It presents a narrative of his life events with a focus on his character and personal relationships rather than on his technical or scientific accomplishments. Dyson is noted for his contributions in diverse areas including quantum physics, national defense and arms control, nuclear weapons and reactors, biology, astronomy, mathematics, and history. Dyson immigrated to the United States from the UK in 1947 and spent most of his career at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. While he did not work on the Manhattan Project, he was associated with many of the project’s scientists, including J. Robert Oppenheimer and Hans Bethe. Several chapters describe his interactions with those scientists and his crusade against nuclear weapons. The author presents Dyson’s perspectives on a spectrum of scientific and social issues in the context of Dyson's personal experiences


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