I think it is reasonable to assert that Freeman Dyson is the greatest genius alive on earth today. He is worth listening to.
I love this closing:
[Interviewer] Finally, what are your views on fusion? Do you see any real progress being made?
[Dyson] I think they made a terrible mistake 50 years ago when they stopped doing science and went to big engineering projects. These big engineering projects are not going to solve the problem, and they’ve become just a welfare programme for the engineers. You have these big projects, both national and international, that are really a dead end as far as I can see. Even if they’re successful, they won’t provide energy that’s useful and cheap.
But it’s not clear when you do science, whether you’ll discover anything or not. But that’s the only answer.
[Interviewer] So with fusion, we should go back to the drawing board?
[Dyson] Yes, and it’s not going to solve any problems for the near future.
But I don’t think there is a problem in the near future anyway [laughs].
Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Freeman Dyson, one of the world’s most prominent physicists, has given an interview to The Register, in which he discusses climate change, and his disappointment that President Obama, whom he strongly admires, chose the wrong side of the Climate issue.
Freeman Dyson on Politics;
An Obama supporter who describes himself as “100 per cent Democrat,” Dyson says he is disappointed that the President “chose the wrong side.” Increasing CO2 in the atmosphere does more good than harm, he argues, but is not an insurmountable crisis. Climate change, he tells us, “is not a scientific mystery but a human mystery. How does it happen that a whole generation of scientific experts is blind to obvious facts?”
Freeman Dyson on Climate models;
Are climate models getting better? You wrote how they have the most awful fudges, and they only really impress people who don’t know about…
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