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IMAGINED WORLDS: THE JERUSALEM HARVARD LECTURES - Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Freeman Dyson - ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Dyson, Freeman

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ISBN 10: 0674539087 / ISBN 13: 9780674539082
Published by Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997
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1st Printing. Signed. 216 pages. Published in 1997. Collection of essays on subject. The definitive transcript of Freeman Dyson's epochal Jerusalem/Harvard Lectures. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Freeman Dyson's "Imagined Worlds". His most visionary book, tempered, as always (and as rarely found in other scientists and technologists), by his profound humanism. "Imagine a world where whole epochs will pass, cultures rise and fall between a telephone call and the reply. Think of the human race multiplying 500-million fold or evolving into new, distinct species. Consider the technology of space colonization, computer-assisted reproduction, the Martian potato. Freeman Dyson marshals his genius as a scientist and a storyteller to take us once more to that ever-closer time to come. Freeman Dyson has been helping us see ourselves and our world from a scientist's point-of-view. He brings this perspective to a speculative future to show us where science and technology may be taking us. Whether looking at Gaia Theory or the future of nuclear weapons, science fiction or the dangers of science worship, Dyson is concerned with ethics, with how we might mitigate the evil consequences of technology and enhance the good. At the heart of it all is the belief that progress in science will bring enormous confusion and misery to Mankind unless it is accompanied by progress in ethics" (Publisher's blurb). "With a rare breadth of literary and historical knowledge, and with a wonderful lucidity of style, Dyson converts science from the intellectual property of specialists into a meaningful concern for everyone with a stake in our cultural future" (Bryce Christensen). The self-proclaimed corporate philosophy of Google is "Do No Evil". Whether Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have remained true or not to their credo, there is no question that it is entirely adopted from Dyson's ethical perspective, and to their credit, not from their Stanford science-and-technology bias. An absolute "must-have" title for Freeman Dyson collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Freeman Dyson. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. He signed on top of the page, making it even more prominent. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: ALL other copies available online are subsequent printings and have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest scientist/thinkers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER FREEMAN DYSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0674539087. Bookseller Inventory # 19633

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Imagine a world where whole epochs will pass, cultures rise and fall, between a telephone call and the reply. Think of the human race multiplying 500-million fold, or evolving new, distinct species. Consider the technology of space colonization, computer-assisted reproduction, the "Martian potato." One hundred years after H. G. Wells visited the future in The Time Machine, Freeman Dyson marshals his uncommon gifts as a scientist and storyteller to take us once more to that ever-closer, ever-receding time to come.

Since Disturbing the Universe, the book that first brought him international renown, Freeman Dyson has been helping us see ourselves and our world from a scientist's point of view. In Imagined Worlds he brings this perspective to a speculative future to show us where science and technology, real and imagined, may be taking us. The stories he tells--about "Napoleonic" versus "Tolstoyan" styles of doing science; the coming era of radioneurology and radiotelepathy; the works of writers from Aldous Huxley to Michael Crichton to William Blake; Samuel Gompers and the American labor movement--come from science, science fiction, and history. Sharing in the joy and gloom of these sources, Dyson seeks out the lessons we must learn from all three if we are to understand our future and guide it in hopeful directions.

Whether looking at the Gaia theory or the future of nuclear weapons, science fiction or the dangers of "science worship," sea-going kayaks or the Pluto Express, Dyson is concerned with ethics, with how we might mitigate the evil consequences of technology and enhance the good. At the heart of it all is the belief once expressed by the biologist J. B. S. Haldane, that progress in science will bring enormous confusion and misery to humankind unless it is accompanied by progress in ethics.

About the Author: Freeman Dyson is Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

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Title: IMAGINED WORLDS: THE JERUSALEM HARVARD ...

Publisher: Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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