Freeman Dyson, a renowned physicist, mathematician and writer, died Friday at the age of 96,media CNET reported. The British scientist’s ideas cover everything from the esoteric physics of quantum mechanics to the huge “Dyson ball” that collects the full energy output of the sun. He came up with the “Dyson Ball” theory in 1960, long before sci-fi works such as “Star Trek: The Next Generation” appeared or other scientists discussed the giant structure of aliens.
Freeman Dyson worked at the Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies in New Jersey for 60 years. The institute announced Dyson’s death on Friday.
Tim O’Reilly tweeted: “Without his talent, the world would be a little bleak. He gained the status of a Silicon Valley celebrity through his technology book publishing business. Dyson is also the father of Esther Dyson, a Silicon Valley investor.
He began his career at the RAF Bomber Command during The Second World War, and his statistical analysis helped identify the deaths of several British pilots in the German attack, simply because their aircraft had small hatches. The plot is detailed in his first book, Cosmic Waves.
After the beginning of the Cold War, he worked to reduce nuclear weapons testing and urged the creation of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency of the United States Government. “The military knows that our nuclear weapons are essentially useless to fight,” he said in a 2013 Slashdot interview. The question is how to educate politicians. “
He was also involved in the Orion Project, which involved the u.S. manufacturing of nuclear-fueled spacecraft. He is also a fan of space exploration. However, he has often been critical, for example, by pointing out that the U.S. space shuttle program is a waste of money.