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George Dyson

George Dyson (1953-) is a science historian and the son of Freeman Dyson. He was a child at the time of Project Orion, but says he was generally aware that his father was working on spacecraft design at that time.

George Dyson's books include Project Orion: The Atomic Spaceship 1957 to 1965, and he has also written on the subject of the Internet developing sentience, and kayaks (a subject in which he has been interested, since his childhood). He himself is also the subject of a book, Kenneth Brower's The Starship and the Canoe.
  • Here is a video featuring George Dyson talking about Project Orion:

Here are some books by George Dyson:

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Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe
By George Dyson

George Dyson
Released: 2012-12-11
Paperback (464 pages)

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A Wall Street Journal Best Business Book of 2012
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012

In this revealing account of how the digital universe exploded in the aftermath of World War II, George Dyson illuminates the nature of digital computers, the lives of those who brought them into existence, and how code took over the world.
 
In the 1940s and ‘50s, a small group of men and women—led by John von Neumann—gathered in Princeton, New Jersey, to begin building one of the first computers to realize Alan Turing’s vision of a Universal Machine. The codes unleashed within this embryonic, 5-kilobyte universe—less memory than is allocated to displaying a single icon on a computer screen today—broke the distinction between numbers that mean things and numbers that do things, and our universe would never be the same. Turing’s Cathedral is the story of how the most constructive and most destructive of twentieth-century inventions—the digital computer and the hydrogen bomb—emerged at the same time.

Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship
By George Dyson

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Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship
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In 1957, a small group of scientists, supported by the U.S. government, launched an attempt to build a four-thousand-ton spaceship propelled by nuclear bombs. The initial plan called for missions to Mars by 1965 and Saturn by 1970. After seven years of work, political obstacles brought the effort to a halt.

The Orion team, led by the American bomb-designer Theodore B. Taylor, included the physicist Freeman Dyson, whose son George was five years old when the existence of the project was first announced. In Project Orion, George Dyson has synthesized hundreds of hours of interviews and thousands of pages of newly excavated documents, still only partially declassified, to piece together one of the most tantalizing "what if" stories of the twentieth century.
Darwin among the Machines: The Evolution of Global Intelligence
By George B. Dyson

Basic Books
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Darwin among the Machines: The Evolution of Global Intelligence
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As timely now as it was when it was first published in 1997, Darwin Among the Machines tells the story of humankind’s long journey into the digital age. Historian of technology George Dyson traces the course of the information revolution, illuminating the lives and work of visionaries—from Thomas Hobbes to John von Neumann—who foresaw the development of artificial intelligence, artificial life, and artificial mind. Weaving a convincing, occasionally frightening narrative of the evolution of the global network, Dyson explores the limits of Darwinian evolution to suggest what lies ahead. Computer programs and worldwide networks are combining to produce an evolutionary theater in which the distinctions between nature and technology are increasingly obscured, he argues. We are living in the midst of an experiment—one that echoes the prehistory of human intelligence and the origins of life. Now in a new paperback edition, this classic work on the emergence of collective mechanical intelligence will resonate for generations to come.

Baidarka: The Kayak
By George Dyson

Alaska Northwest Books
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This classic book tells of George Dyson's rediscovery of the Aleut baidarka (sea kayak) and his far-ranging travels with his boats.
Darwin Among the Machines
By George Dyson

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Rhymes from the mines, (Famous Australian poetry classics)
By Edward George Dyson

Jack Pollard
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CONTENTS

TO THE MEN OF THE MINES
We specked as boys o’er worked-out
ground

THE OLD WHIM HORSE
He’s an old grey horse, with his head
bowed sadly,

CLEANING UP
When the horse has been unharnessed
and we’ve flushed the old machine,

THE RESCUE
There’s a sudden, fierce clang of the
knocker, then the sound of a voice in the
shaft,

BASHFUL GLEESON
From her home beyond the river in the
parting of the hills,

THE WORKED-OUT MINE
On summer nights when moonbeams flow

GERMAN JOE
Skirting the swamp and the tangled scrub,

WAITING FOR WATER
‘Twas old Flynn, the identity, told us,

WHEN BROTHER PEETREE PRAYED
‘Twas a sleepy little chapel by a wattled
hill erected,

THE OLD CAMP-OVEN
We don’t keep a grand piano in our hut
beside the creek,

WHEN THE BELL BLEW UP
‘That’s the boiler at the Bell, mates!
Tumble out, Ned, neck and crop--

THE TRUCKER
If you want a game to tame you and to
take your measure in,

‘STOP-AND-SEE’
I’m stewing in a brick-built town;

IN ‘THE BENEVOLENT’
I’m off on the wallaby,’ cries old Ben,

JONAH’S LUCK
Out of luck, mate? Have a liquor.
Hang it, where’s the use complaining?

NIGHT SHIFT
‘Hello! that’s the whistle, be moving

A FRIENDLY GAME OF FOOTBALL
We were challenged by the Dingoes--
they’re the pride of Squatter’s Gap--.

THE TALE OF STEVEN
‘Tis the tale of Simon Steven, braceman
at the Odd-and-Even,

THE FOSSICKER
A straight old fossicker was Lanky Mann,

THE TIN-POT MILL
Quite a proud and happy man is Finn
the packer

A POOR JOKE
‘No, you can’t count me in, boys; I’m off it--

‘BREAKING IT GENTLY’
All was up with Richard Tanner--

STRUCK IT AT LAST
He was almost blind, and wasted

THE PROSPECTORS
When the white sun scorches the fair,
green land in the rage of his fierce
desires,

PETER SIMSON’S FARM
Simson settled in the timber when his
arm was strong and true

SINCE NELLIE CAME TO LIVE ALONG THE CREEK My hut is built of stringy-bark, the
window’s calico,

THE FREAK
Just beyond All Alone, going back

IN TOWN
Out of work and out of money-out of
friends that means, you bet

THE DESERTED HOMESTEAD
Past a dull, grey plain where a world-
old grief seems to brood o’er the silent
land,

A NEW GIRL UP AT WHITE’S
There’s a fresh track down the paddock

WHOSE WIFE
‘Harry! What, that yourself, back to old
Vic., man,

BATTERED BOB
He was working on a station in the
Western when I knew him,

THE SPLITTER
In the morn when the keen blade bites
the tree,

TO THE THEORETICAL SELECTOR
Would you be the King, the strong man,
first in council and in toil,

BULLOCKY BILL
From a river siding, the railway town,

THE DROVERS IN REPLY
We are wondering why those fellows
who are writing cheerful ditties

THE SHANTY
There are tracks through the scrub, there’s
a track down the hill,

AH LING, THE LEPER
Up a dark and fetid alley, where the offal
and the slime

THE EMU OF WHROO
We’ve a tale to tell you of a spavined
emu


More Reading:
Other Books by Edward Dyson by ADB Publishing
(The Original) “Hello, Soldier!” Khaki Verse
(The Original) Below and on Top and Other Stories
(The Original) Benno and Some of the Push
(The Original) Fact'ry 'Ands
(The Original) In the Roaring Fifties
(The Original) Rhymes from the Mines (1896) (This Book)
(The Original) The Gold Stealers
(The Original) The Golden Shanty (1929)
(The Original) The Missing Link
The new music,
By George Dyson

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