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World Scientific Tribute to Professor Freeman Dyson (1923–2020)

Date 02 March 2020
Professor Freeman Dyson

World Scientific mourns its author Freeman Dyson, a legendary physicist and mathematician, who passed away at the age of 96 on February 28.

Professor Dyson is perhaps most famous for his work in quantum electrodynamics. In the 1940s, he demonstrated the equivalence of the two formulations of QED - Richard Feynman's diagrammatic path integral formulation and the variational methods developed by Julian Schwinger and Shinichiro Tomonoga — showing the mathematical consistency of the theory.

Throughout his career, Dyson had spent most time as a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, where he delved into a wide range of scientific problems on nuclear reactors, solid state physics, ferromagnetism, astrophysics and biology. This resulted in seminal contributions such as the Dyson's transform and Dyson Series. He was also known for his bold visions for futuristic technologies including the Dyson sphere and Dyson tree.

Professor Dyson was active in the communication of science to the general public, authoring several bestselling books and articles in popular science. His essays survey many topics in science, mathematics, history and politics, in which he had been so active and well respected around the world.

He had 23 Honorary Degrees and was a Fellow of the Royal Society, member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and Honorary Member of the London Mathematical Society, among other prestigious affiliations.

Some of his accolades include the Wolf Prize in Physics (1981), the Gemant Award given by the American Institute of Physics for "creative work in the arts and humanities that derived from a deep knowledge of and love for physics" (June 1988), and the Henri Poincaré Prize for outstanding contributions in mathematical physics (2012).

In memory of Professor Dyson's achievements, World Scientific will be providing free access to select book chapters and journal papers on or by him (valid til March 31st)

Books by Freeman Dyson

Journal Articles

Related Titles

  • A Bouquet of Dyson
    and Other Reflections on Science and Scientists
    by Jeremy Bernstein (Stevens Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Dear Professor Dyson
    Twenty Years of Correspondence Between Freeman Dyson and Undergraduate Students on Science, Technology, Society and Life
    edited by Dwight E Neuenschwander (Southern Nazarene University, USA)
  • Proceedings of the Conference in Honour of the 90th Birthday of Freeman Dyson
    Conference in Honour of the 90th Birthday of Freeman Dyson
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 26-29 August 2013
    edited by K K Phua (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), L C Kwek (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), N P Chang (City College of New York, USA), A H Chan (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Hans Bethe and His Physics
    edited by Gerald E Brown (State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA), Chang-Hwan Lee (Pusan National University, Korea)

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