March 28, 2018

Freeman Dyson to Discuss His Autobiography April 4

Library Live at Labyrinth presents Institute for Advanced Study Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson discussing his book, Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters on Wednesday, April 4 at 6 p.m.

A review in Publishers Weekly says, “In an effective dual narrative, [Dyson] shares his life through letters spanning 1941 to 1978 as well as present-day reflections. Earnest and delightfully casual, the book is concerned more with the man than his science, as ‘family came first, friends second, and work third.’ … The letters abound in informed references to notable figures, such as a description of J. Robert Oppenheimer spending his spare time ‘reading St. Thomas Aquinas in Latin and writing poetry in the style of Eliot.’ Candor and closeness are built into the narrative, as his letters address immediate family members on personal topics such as two rather unconventional marriages, child-rearing, and public service during the Kennedy administration.”

Freeman Dyson is an English-born American theoretical physicist and mathematician. He is the author of many acclaimed books, including Dreams of Earth and Sky, The Scientist as Rebel, Infinite in all Directions, and Disturbing the Universe.