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Dyson: 1940s scientific revolutions see wide range of results

Dyson: 1940s scientific revolutions see wide range of results

Radicalism in science is essential to move forward. In the span of two years, four scientific revolutions proved that to be true.

Those four revolutions were in space, nuclear energy, genomics and computing.

“Scientific discoveries come from people thinking thoughts that have never been thought before or people using experimental tools that have not been used before,” said theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson at Wednesday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater.

Dyson, professor emeritus at the Institute of Advanced Study, shared his experience living through the four radical revolutions that occurred from 1944 to 1945 as the third speaker of Week Eight, themed “Radicalism.”

Week Eight dissects modern, historical radicalism

Week Eight dissects modern, historical radicalism

Individuals and movements that were at one time considered radical have shaped the course of history in politics, religion, philosophy, arts, literature and science. This week, Chautauqua’s 10:45 a.m. Amphitheater lecture platform examines different definitions of radicalism, its history at home and abroad, and how the meaning of radicalism differs throughout the world.

Opening the week is Carlin Romano, critic-at-large at The Chronicle of Higher Education, literary critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer and instructor of media theory and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of America the Philosophical. In 2006, Romano was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism, cited by the Pulitzer Board “for bringing new vitality to the classic essay across a formidable array of topics.”