The Scientist As Rebel.

"From Galileo to today's amateur astronomers, scientists have always been rebels": First Edition of Freeman Dyson's The Scientist As Rebel; inscribed by Freeman Dyson

The Scientist As Rebel.

DYSON, Freeman.

Item Number: 110856

New York: New York Review Books, 2006.

First edition of Dyson’s collection of stories on the rebellious nature of the scientific mind. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Freeman Dyson, January 2010 I was delighted that this book gave me a chance to reprint in chapter 24 the Bernal Lecture which you preserved separately.” Dyson delivered the annual Bernal Lectur titled “The World, the Flesh and the Devil” in 1972. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

In The Scientist As Rebel, Dyson points to the free-spirited and rebellious nature of the scientific mind and 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, and theology to Ernest Rutherford's discovery of the structure of the atom, to Albert Einstein's stubborn hostility towards the idea of black holes. His descriptions of brilliant physicists like Edward Teller and Richard Feynman are enlivened by his own reminiscences of them.

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