British scientist to lecture at UCSD

Freeman Dyson, British theoretical physicist and mathematician, will bring “Nukes and Genomes” to UCSD Extension’s Helen Edison Lecture Series at 7 p.m. July 21.

In accordance with a major gift from the late philanthropist, the series presents free lectures on issues that advance humanitarian purposes and objectives. The event at the UCSD Faculty Club is open to the public. No reservations or tickets are required.

According to Wired magazine, he “is renowned in science circles not only for his rigor and insight, but for his science-fiction imaginativeness and populist ethics.”

He cheerfully admits his record as a prophet is mixed, but “it is better to be wrong than to be vague.”

Dyson has written a number of books about science for the general public, including “Disturbing the Universe” about people he has known during his career and “Weapons of Hope,” a study of ethical problems of war and peace.

He is now retired, having spent most of his life as a physics professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. His most useful contribution to science was the unification of the three versions of quantum electrodynamics invented by Feynman, Schwinger and Tomonaga.

Previous speakers at the series have included former Vice President Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Nobel Prize in Literature winner Toni Morrison and Hispanic dramatist Luis Valdez.

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