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From Eros to Gaia (Science)

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The author of Disturbing the Universe presents a selection of essays that include discussions of his early fascination with science and space, his contemporary analyses of the politics of ""smart"" weapons, and more.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Penguin (first published January 1st 1992)
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Mar 31, 2011 M rated it liked it
I'm sorry I'm giving this book only three stars!! It's full of wisdom, and the essay on Field theory is a gem (Dyson is one of its founders), and many stories there are really enjoyable.. However, many times, I found myself very bored with the general/politics essays!! In any case, I recommend this book to everyone, Dyson is one great original thinker/ mathematical physicist. This collection of essays shows some parts of that!
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One of the best books I've ever read! This kind of work is called "source material.!" In it one finds history of the last 40 years in science and physics, but also vision, regrets, optimism... and beyond that great hope! Indeed, good stuff for the soul and the mind alike!
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Feb 14, 2010 Damian Armand rated it it was ok
So far, it's less about science and more about being a scientist. Stories about the bureaucratic process helping or hindering scientific discoveries. Small science vs. big science, modest equipment that doesn't stifle the next generation of telescopes and colliders vs. large projects like hubble that soak up enough funds to prevent anything new to be funded.
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Jan 08, 2009 Yanni rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written personal reflections that bring the layman into the world of the scientist, written by one of it's chief priests.
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