Search Results: "George Dyson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 2002

"An intimate look at an amazing concept some still believe offers the best hope for fending off—literally—an errant asteroid or comet that could wipe humankind from Earth."
Dyson, son of the distinguished British-born physicist Freeman Dyson, unveils a wealth of formerly classified information covering the attempt of a group of US scientists, beginning in 1957, to develop and launch a space vehicle powered solely by serial explosions of nuclear devices. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 2012

"Meticulously researched and packed with not just technological details, but sociopolitical and cultural details as well—the definitive history of the computer."
That we live in a digital universe is indisputable; how we got there is a mesmerizing tale brilliantly told by science historian Dyson (Project Orion: The Atomic Spaceship 1957-1965, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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NEVER TRUST A RABBIT by Jeremy Dyson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2001

"Quirky, erotic, vaguely sinister explorations of mostly lonely outsiders who find their secret expectations fulfilled by sudden, inexplicable events."
British comedian's debut collection of weird urban fantasies. Read full book review >

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AND SHE WAS by Cindy Dyson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A spunky voice and a strange landscape make for a very readable debut."
A rootless young woman travels to a stormy island. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF EARTH AND SKY by Freeman Dyson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 21, 2015

"Readers who enjoyed the first volume of reviews will be pleased with this follow-up, and new readers will be delighted by the fascinating insider's view of the scientific community and its intersection with the political establishment."
A collection of reviews and essays first published in the New York Review of Books, from Dyson (The Scientist as Rebel, 2006 etc.), a celebrated elder statesman of modern science. Read full book review >

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IMAGINED WORLDS by Freeman Dyson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Essential reading for anyone who looks beyond the coming millennium."
A leading scientist speculates on far-future scientific developments and their possible impact on the human condition. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Dyson's wisdom is a needed antidote to the poisons of racial hatred and gender inequality ever present in our lives."
One of our most important black intellectuals limns the lives of black Americans with subtle, lucid rigor. Read full book review >

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THE CAIRO DIARY by Maxim Chattam
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 2007

"Chattam's page-turning debut is a riveting tour de force that leaves you wondering: What is truth?"
A lonely monastery and a teeming city form the backdrop for a chimerical tale. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Despite often prolix prose, Dyson succeeds in recasting King's message from a comfortingly unexamined myth to an enduring challenge by a great American provocateur. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A bracing attack on sanitized and tendentious misperceptions of Dr. Martin Luther King. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"Adding to the book's value, however, are Dyson's authoritative commentaries on how past technologies have changed society and, as always, his exemplary prose style."
Just in time for the millennium, elder statesman Dyson (Physics/Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; From Eros to Gaia, 1992, etc.) sounds off on three technological revolutions that could radically transform human social arrangements—if we play our cards right. Read full book review >

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WESTWARD WITH COLUMBUS by John Dyson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Glossary; brief bibliography. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Inspired by a Spanish scholar's belief that contradictions in Columbus's diary imply that the explorer sailed a more southerly route than is generally believed—and that he had a secret chart to guide him—the author and the photographer, in the summer of 1990, retraced his voyage aboard a replica of the Nina. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2001

"Perceptive, informative, and certainly timely, albeit a tad hagiographic."
Noted African-American scholar and Baptist minister Dyson (I May Not Get There With You, 2000, etc.), in keeping with the current reappraisal of hip-hop and rap, offers provocative insights into the life and milieu of the artist he calls a "ghetto saint." Read full book review >