with physicist Freeman Dyson in Quanta magazine.
A five-part series on the ultimate limit on technology, and how that limit could help us find other civilizations: 1 2 3 4 5 [via]
in Mayo Clinic Proceedings compares twelve different studies to determine which way of drying one's hands is the most sanitary, and concludes that the provision of Paper Towels is more effective than Blow Dryers. (previously: paper towels found to be less environmentally-friendly in paper commissioned by Dyson, inventor of the Airblade)
How We Know.
An essay about information theory
in the New York Review of Books by Freeman Dyson
, building off a review of James Gleick's The Information
. [more inside]
The Danger of Cosmic Genius.
Why is Freeman Dyson
"perhaps our most prominent global-warming skeptic?" Previously
The latest advert
for Dyson's Air Multiplier fan is great. [SLYT] [more inside]
What will be the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the next 50 years?
As part of their 50th anniversary celebration, the New Scientist asked 70 prominent minds for ideas on the subject. You can read the thoughts of scientists like Freeman Dyson
, Benoit Mandelbrot
and Jane Goodall
individually, or browse by topic. For example, eight thinkers have something to say about alien life
. The links to browse by topic can be found at the beginning of the main link. Also, compare with this thread
about similar predictions from 1950.
"...the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything is..." "Yes? Yes!?" "...42."via Dyson, Montgomery, Princeton, a cup of tea - as presented by Seed Magazine.
Expect a miracle? Freeman Dyson
on Littlewood's Law of Miracles: "...the total number of events that happen to us is about thirty thousand per day, or about a million per month. ...The chance of a miracle is about one per million events. Therefore we should expect about one miracle to happen, on the average, every month." From his review of book debunking the paranormal (whose views he isn't entirely willing to accept).
Via Marginal Revolution
Dyson telescope game.
Fiendishly addictive. Don't ask me what it has to do with industrial vacuum cleaners. (Via Bifurcated Rivets)
GardeningFilter! James Dyson's Wrong Garden
- water going uphill in a perpetual-motional Escher-like fashion; how is it done...?