Mr. George Dyson
Western Washington University
will be addressing the Vancouver Institute on January 26, 2002 at 8:15 p.m., Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.
Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship
George Dyson is an author, boat designer, and historian of technology whose interests have ranged from the history and prehistory of the Aleut kayak (Baidarka, 1986) to the evolution of digital computing and telecommunications (Darwin Among the Machines, 1987) and, most recently, nuclear bomb-propelled space exploration (Project Orion, to be published April 2002). His early life and work, contrasted with that of his father, physicist Freeman Dyson, was the subject of Kenneth Brower's The Starship and the Canoe. Oliver Sacks wrote that Darwin Among the Machines was "a very deep and important book, beautifully written... as remarkable an intellectual history as any I have read," and Arthur C. Clarke describes Project Orion as "one of the most awesome 'might have beens' (and may yet be's!) of the Space Age... essential reading for engineers/scientists."
Spring Program 2002
Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, Mar 2, Mar 9, Mar 16, Mar 23, Apr 6, Apr 13.