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T and effectively ending the cultural isolation of the poorest countries Similarly breakthroughs in genetics may well enable us to give our children healthier lives and grow efficient crops thus restoring the economic and human vitality of village cultures devalued and dislocated by the global marketWritten with passionate Sun the Genome and the PDF conviction about the ethical uses of science The Sun the Genome and the Internet is both a brilliant reinterpretation of the scientific process and a challenge to use new technologies to close rather than widen the gap between rich and poor. This slim book has some of the finest science writing I've read yet It elegantly and concisely talks about three complex scientific revolutions that will drive technology this century A little dated since it came out 10 years ago but Dyson a friend of Feynman's and himself revered in the science community has a reverence for applicable science that makes it thrilling even to the lay person His subtle and not so subtle lessons on the social impact of technology enrich the story furtherEye opener Technology does not eual social justices for all History may show technologies becoming famous for who it frees but not for whom it enslaves One example home appliances in the early mid 1900s freed the servant class allowing their next generation to go the college while enslaving the educated middle class mom Another example Gutenberg's printing press books schools students allowed to attend schools freeing those who were confined to seeking knowledge in the monastery except women who weren't allowed in schools but now could no longer get a good education through the churchSnoozer The last 10 pages on reprogenetics ie Gattaca Between the movie and further breakthroughs in cloning and stem cell therapy in the last decade his contribution here is overdone and overscaled in terms of centuries where new species will be created based on our newfound ability for conscious selection A little too much extrapolation for my taste

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The Sun the Genome and the Internet Tools of Scientific RevolutionsIn this visionary look the Genome PDFEPUB #189 into the future Freeman Dyson argues that technological changes fundamentally alter our ethical and social arrangements and that three rapidly advancing new technologies solar energy genetic engineering and world wide communication together have the potential to create a eual distribution of the world's wealthDyson begins by rejecting the idea that scientific revolutions are primarily concept driven He shows rather that new tools are often the sparks The Sun PDF or that ignite scientific discovery Such tool driven revolutions have profound. Freeman Dyson one of the people behind uantum Electrodynamics along with Feynman Tomonga Schwinger in the 1940s It is one of the great blue sky dreamers with visionary ideas for technology for imagined futures of humanity He passed on recently but he is the one who came up with ideas like the Dyson Sphere to harvest all of the energy of a star or the Astrochicken or martian potato to farm the Kuiper belt as we take over the solar system In this short book he has biographical sketches from his youth his ideas on technology to further social justice and technologies for the future Dyson although firmly ensconced is the postwar science establishment he was on the side of the angels and will be missed

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The Sun the Genome and the Internet Tools of Scientific Revolutions review Û 109 ✓ [Reading] ➶ The Sun the Genome and the Internet Tools of Scientific Revolutions Author Freeman Dyson – In this visionary look into the future Freeman Dyson argues that technologiSocial conseuences the invention of the telescope turning the Medieval world view upside down the widespread use of household appliances in the s replacing servants to cite just two examples In looking ahead Dyson suggests that solar energy genetics and the Internet will have similarly transformative effects with the potential to produce a just and euitable society Solar power could bring Sun the Genome ePUB #8608 electricity to even the poorest most remote areas of third world nations allowing everyone access to the vast stores of Sun the Genome and the PDF information on the Interne. This books is actually a group of 3 lectures given by Freeman Dyson compiled into a book They cover really 3 interesting topics the nature of scientific revolutions technology as a means of promoting social justice and humanity's future in space Dyson opposing Kuhn's idea based revolution believes in instrument based revolution and that availability of cheap scientific instruments is what really drives scientific revolutions He uses the example of steam engines telescopes and other devices to support his argument He also compares the Human Genome Project the Apollo Missions and the Sloan Digital Sky survey to show how high and low costs can differentiate between sustainable and sustainable technologies To conclude he explains how a cheap gene seuencer and a cheap protein imager could lead to a biotech revolution The next essay deals with how technology can be used as a means for making for a euitable future He uses the example of how appliances essentially removed the servant class in Britain However he also points out technology can lead to negative social effects such as how appliances essentially forced middle class women back into the home during the mid 1950's 1960's With this in mind Dyson suggests that the the sun genetic engineering and the Internet would reduce poverty The sun would serve as a cheap source of power genetic engineering would allow for the creation of factory trees biologically engineered trees that could produce anything from plastic to computer chips Finally the Internet would provide a access to information and markets All this together would remove property The final essay deals with life in outer space and how we can become a part of it He discusses the possibility of fish on Europa and how we should look for freeze dried fish and bacteria as evidence of life on other planets He also looks at 3 alternatives for getting into space laser propulsion shooting a laser at a surface causing it to propel upwards ram accelerator a long pipe of various volatile gases for shooting things into space and a slingatron a device that spins object into high speed and then launches them upwards These uixotic idea have their pros and cons but are possible alternatives to chemical rockets He finally looks at man's future in space with genetically enegineered warm blooded plants and factory trees These lectures contain madness but their is method in it Freeman has a reputation as a bit of a rebel and a lot of these ideas do go against the common mind But his sheer creativity and study of such original ideas makes this book something of a scientific wonderland filled with sights sounds and inspiration for a young scientist