Freeman Dyson

A Quote by Freeman Dyson on life, nature, and mind

Life is nature's way to give mind oportunities it wouldn't otherwise had. 

Freeman Dyson

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A Quote by Freeman Dyson on science, technology, physics, universe, philosophy, and consciousness

Mind and intelligence are woven into the fabric of our universe in a way that altogether surpasses our comprehension.

Freeman Dyson

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A Quote by Freeman Dyson on reality, intelligence, and science

Mind and intelligence are woven into the fabric of our universe in a way that altogether surpasses our understanding.

Freeman Dyson

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A Quote by Freeman Dyson on gifts, god, life, motherhood, and technology

Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.

Freeman Dyson

Source: Infinite in All Directions

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A Quote by Freeman Dyson on facts, hope, plants, and understanding

(On the anthropogenic increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration) The essential fact which emerges . . . is that the three smallest and most active reservoirs (of carbon in the global carbon cycle), the atmosphere, the plants and the soil, are all of roughly the same size. This means that large human disturbance of any one of these reservoirs will have large effects on all three. We cannot hope either to understand or to manage the carbon in the atmosphere unless we understand and manage the trees and the soil too.

Freeman Dyson

Source: Freeman Dyson, From Eros to Gaia, Penguin Books, London, NY, 1993, pp 132-133.

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A Quote by Freeman Dyson on architecture, design, mathematics, and problems

The bottom line for mathematicians is that the architecture has to be right. In all the mathematics that I did, the essential point was to find the right architecture. It's like building a bridge. Once the main lines of the structure are right, then the details miraculously fit. The problem is the overall design.

Freeman Dyson

Source: "Freeman Dyson: Mathematician, Physicist, and Writer". Interview with Donald J. Albers, The College Mathematics Journal, vol 25, no. 1, January 1994.

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A Quote by Freeman Dyson on animals, cities, civilization, climate, consequences, darkness, dependence, good, greatness, history, horses, ideas, inventions, life, motives, needs, power, simplicity, technology, and theory

The technologies which have had the most profound effects on human life are usually simple. A good example of a simple technology with profound historical consequences is hay. Nobody knows who invented hay, the idea of cutting grass in the autumn and storing it in large enough quantities to keep horses and cows alive through the winter. All we know is that the technology of hay was unknown to the Roman Empire but was known to every village of medieval Europe. Like many other crucially important technologies, hay emerged anonymously during the so-called Dark Ages. According to the Hay Theory of History, the invention of hay was the decisive event which moved the center of gravity of urban civilization from the Mediterranean basin to Northern and Western Europe. The Roman Empire did not need hay because in a Mediterranean climate the grass grows well enough in winter for animals to graze. North of the Alps, great cities dependent on horses and oxen for motive power could not exist without hay. So it was hay that allowed populations to grow and civilizations to flourish among the forests of Northern Europe. Hay moved the greatness of Rome to Paris and London, and later to Berlin and Moscow and New York.

Freeman Dyson

Source: Freeman Dyson Infinite in All Directions, Harper and Row, New York, 1988, p 135.

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A Quote by Freeman Dyson on justice, mathematics, principles, and theory

For a physicist mathematics is not just a tool by means of which phenomena can be calculated, it is the main source of concepts and principles by means of which new theories can be created.

Freeman Dyson

Source: Mathematics in the Physical Sciences.

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A Quote by Freeman Dyson on awareness, divorce, endings, facts, marriage, mathematics, past, and physics

I am acutely aware of the fact that the marriage between mathematics and physics, which was so enormously fruitful in past centuries, has recently ended in divorce.

Freeman Dyson

Source: Missed Opportunities, 1972. (Gibbs Lecture?)

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