Frases de Freeman Dyson

Freeman Dyson Foto
6   2

Freeman Dyson

Fecha de nacimiento: 15. Diciembre 1923
Otros nombres: Freeman John Dyson

Freeman John Dyson es un físico y matemático inglés.

Frases Freeman Dyson

„It's a real problem, but it's nothing like as serious as people are led to believe.“

—  Freeman Dyson

Interview in Salon (29 September 2007) http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2007/09/29/freeman_dyson/
Contexto: I believe global warming is grossly exaggerated as a problem. It's a real problem, but it's nothing like as serious as people are led to believe. The idea that global warming is the most important problem facing the world is total nonsense and is doing a lot of harm. It distracts people's attention from much more serious problems.

„The most salient features of all these enterprises are discipline and diversity.“

—  Freeman Dyson, libro Infinite in All Directions

Ch. 1 : In Praise of Diversity
Infinite in All Directions (1988)
Contexto: Science and religion are two human enterprises sharing many features. They share these features also with other enterprises such as art, literature and music. The most salient features of all these enterprises are discipline and diversity. Discipline to submerge the individual fantasy in a greater whole. Diversity to give scope to the infinite variety of human souls and temperaments. Without discipline there can be no greatness. Without diversity there can be no freedom. Greatness for the enterprise, freedom for the individual — these are the two themes, contrasting but not incompatible, that make up the history of science and the history of religion.

„A good cause can become bad if we fight for it with means that are indiscriminately murderous. A bad cause can become good if enough people fight for it in a spirit of comradeship and self-sacrifice. In the end it is how you fight, as much as why you fight, that makes your cause good or bad.“

—  Freeman Dyson

Disturbing the Universe (1979)
Contexto: A good cause can become bad if we fight for it with means that are indiscriminately murderous. A bad cause can become good if enough people fight for it in a spirit of comradeship and self-sacrifice. In the end it is how you fight, as much as why you fight, that makes your cause good or bad. <!-- Pt. 1, Ch. 4

„I have five minutes left to give you a message to take home. The message is simple. "God forbid that we should give out a dream of our own imagination for a pattern of the world".“

—  Freeman Dyson

Progress In Religion (2000)
Contexto: I have five minutes left to give you a message to take home. The message is simple. "God forbid that we should give out a dream of our own imagination for a pattern of the world". This was said by Francis Bacon, one of the founding fathers of modern science, almost four hundred years ago. Bacon was the smartest man of his time, with the possible exception of William Shakespeare.

Help us translate English quotes

Discover interesting quotes and translate them.

Start translating

„Fifty years ago Kurt Gödel… proved that the world of pure mathematics is inexhaustible. … I hope that the notion of a final statement of the laws of physics will prove as illusory as the notion of a formal decision process for all mathematics.“

—  Freeman Dyson, libro Infinite in All Directions

Ch. 3 : Manchester and Athens
Infinite in All Directions (1988)
Contexto: Fifty years ago Kurt Gödel... proved that the world of pure mathematics is inexhaustible. … I hope that the notion of a final statement of the laws of physics will prove as illusory as the notion of a formal decision process for all mathematics. If it should turn out that the whole of physical reality can be described by a finite set of equations, I would be disappointed, I would feel that the Creator had been uncharacteristically lacking in imagination.

„The real world is muddy and messy and full of things that we do not yet understand.“

—  Freeman Dyson

"Heretical Thoughts about Science and Society", in Edge (8 August 2007) http://www.edge.org/documents/archive/edge219.html#dysonf
Contexto: My first heresy says that all the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models. Of course, they say, I have no degree in meteorology and I am therefore not qualified to speak. But I have studied the climate models and I know what they can do. The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world that we live in. The real world is muddy and messy and full of things that we do not yet understand. It is much easier for a scientist to sit in an air-conditioned building and run computer models, than to put on winter clothes and measure what is really happening outside in the swamps and the clouds. That is why the climate model experts end up believing their own models.

„It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment.“

—  Freeman Dyson

Disturbing the Universe (1979)
Contexto: It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment. <!-- Pt. 1, Ch. 1

„The progress of science requires the growth of understanding in both directions, downward from the whole to the parts and upward from the parts to the whole.“

—  Freeman Dyson, libro The Scientist as Rebel

Part I : Contemporary Issues in Science, Ch. 1 : "The Scientist as Rebel"
The Scientist As Rebel (2006)
Contexto: The progress of science requires the growth of understanding in both directions, downward from the whole to the parts and upward from the parts to the whole. A reductionist philosophy, arbitrarily proclaiming that the growth of understanding must go only in one direction, makes no scientific sense. Indeed, dogmatic philosophical beliefs of any kind have no place in science.

„There is a great satisfaction in building good tools for other people to use.“

—  Freeman Dyson

Disturbing the Universe (1979)
Contexto: There is a great satisfaction in building good tools for other people to use. <!-- Pt. 1, Ch. 1

„There’s very good news from the asteroids. It appears that a large fraction of them, including the big ones, are actually very rich in H2O.“

—  Freeman Dyson

As quoted in "The Danger of Cosmic Genius" https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/12/the-danger-of-cosmic-genius/308306/ by Kenneth Brower, The Atlantic (December 2010)
Contexto: There’s very good news from the asteroids. It appears that a large fraction of them, including the big ones, are actually very rich in H2O. Nobody imagined that. They thought they were just big rocks … It’s easier to get to an asteroid than to Mars, because the gravity is lower and landing is easier. Certainly the asteroids are much more practical, right now. If we start space colonies in, say, the next 20 years, I would put my money on the asteroids.

„Religion amplifies the good and evil tendencies of individual souls.“

—  Freeman Dyson

Progress In Religion (2000)
Contexto: I am neither a saint nor a theologian. To me, good works are more important than theology. We all know that religion has been historically, and still is today, a cause of great evil as well as great good in human affairs. We have seen terrible wars and terrible persecutions conducted in the name of religion. We have also seen large numbers of people inspired by religion to lives of heroic virtue, bringing education and medical care to the poor, helping to abolish slavery and spread peace among nations. Religion amplifies the good and evil tendencies of individual souls.

„There is no such thing as a unique scientific vision, any more than there is a unique poetic vision. Science is a mosaic of partial and conflicting visions.“

—  Freeman Dyson, libro The Scientist as Rebel

Part I : Contemporary Issues in Science, Ch. 1 : "The Scientist as Rebel"; this first appeared in New York Review of Books (25 May 1995).
The Scientist As Rebel (2006)
Contexto: There is no such thing as a unique scientific vision, any more than there is a unique poetic vision. Science is a mosaic of partial and conflicting visions. But there is one common element in these visions. The common element is rebellion against the restrictions imposed by the locally prevailing culture, Western or Eastern as the case may be. It is no more Western than it is Arab or Indian or Japanese or Chinese. Arabs and Indians and Japanese and Chinese had a big share in the development of modern science. And two thousand years earlier, the beginnings of science were as much Babylonian and Egyptian as Greek. One of the central facts about science is that it pays no attention to East and West and North and South and black and yellow and white. It belongs to everybody who is willing to make the effort to learn it. And what is true of science is true of poetry.... Poetry and science are gifts given to all of humanity.

„The biggest breakthrough in the next 50 years will be the discovery of extraterrestrial life.“

—  Freeman Dyson

"Freeman Dyson forecasts the future" at NewScientist.com (15 November 2006) http://www.newscientist.com/channel/opinion/science-forecasts/dn10481-freeman-dyson-forecasts-the-future.html
Contexto: The biggest breakthrough in the next 50 years will be the discovery of extraterrestrial life. We have been searching for it for 50 years and found nothing. That proves life is rarer than we hoped, but does not prove that the universe is lifeless. We are only now developing the tools to make our searches efficient and far-reaching, as optical and radio detection and data processing move forward.

„It is something that gives people an illusion of illimitable power, and it is, in some ways, responsible for all our troubles — this, what you might call technical arrogance, that overcomes people when they see what they can do with their minds.“

—  Freeman Dyson

As quoted in The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb (1981), a documentary film directed by Jon Else, written by David Peoples, Janet Peoples, and Jon Else.
Contexto: I have felt it myself. The glitter of nuclear weapons. It is irresistible if you come to them as a scientist. To feel it's there in your hands, to release this energy that fuels the stars, to let it do your bidding. To perform these miracles, to lift a million tons of rock into the sky. It is something that gives people an illusion of illimitable power, and it is, in some ways, responsible for all our troubles — this, what you might call technical arrogance, that overcomes people when they see what they can do with their minds.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

Autores similares

Paul Dirac Foto
Paul Dirac5
Físico teórico
Max Planck Foto
Max Planck7
físico alemán
Arthur Compton Foto
Arthur Compton2
Físico estadounidense
Niels Bohr Foto
Niels Bohr11
físico danés
Richard Feynman Foto
Richard Feynman64
físico estadounidense y premio Nobel
Werner Heisenberg Foto
Werner Heisenberg9
físico alemán (1901-1976)
Hannes Alfvén Foto
Hannes Alfvén9
físico sueco
Stephen Hawking Foto
Stephen Hawking43
físico teórico y cosmólogo británico
Louis de Broglie Foto
Louis de Broglie10
físico francés
Aniversarios de hoy
Alfonsina Storni Foto
Alfonsina Storni55
poetisa 1892 - 1938
Gilbert Keith Chesterton Foto
Gilbert Keith Chesterton59
escritor y periodista británico 1874 - 1936
Constantino XI Foto
Constantino XI8
emperador bizantino 1404 - 1453
Bahá'u'lláh Foto
Bahá'u'lláh25
fundador del bahaísmo 1817 - 1892
Otros 50 aniversarios hoy
Autores similares
Paul Dirac Foto
Paul Dirac5
Físico teórico
Max Planck Foto
Max Planck7
físico alemán
Arthur Compton Foto
Arthur Compton2
Físico estadounidense
Niels Bohr Foto
Niels Bohr11
físico danés