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Infinite in All Directions 1985

Freeman J. Dyson

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Freeman Dysonís series of Gifford Lectures present both a broad and detailed account of his scientific and spiritual understanding of the universe and the integration between the two. The first section of the lectures project a view of the diversity of the natural world, examining diverse entities such as superstrings, black holes and butterflies, and exploring the nature and scope of life itself in the universe. The second section concerns itself more with the ethical aspects of the universe and in particular human life and its capacity for progress and diversification. As well as the contemporary and likely future development of science and technology, Dyson also examines some political concerns, illuminated by his theme of diversity. Throughout the lectures, he makes reference to his theological position, suggesting a pantheist or panentheistic view of God and partly informing his faith in the unboundedness of human destiny.
KEY WORDS: Academic science, Anthropic principle, Astrochicken, Biochemistry, Darwin, DNA, Einstein, Evolution, Genetics, Hartshorne, NASA, Nuclear, Predictions, Time, Universe

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OnlineHarper1988
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Templeton Press