In Memoriam: Freeman Dyson (1923 – 2020)

British-born and renowned physicist Freeman Dyson passed away yesterday at 96 years old. The majority of his career was spent teaching at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He not only spoke about the dangers of nuclear weapons but was enthusiastic about space and a futurist, in which his famous Dyson Sphere was used in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In the latter part of his career, consistent with his willingness to challenge established ideas, Freeman Dyson would also be known for his climate skepticism too. He did accept the scientific consensus regarding greenhouse gases, but said that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could have many benefits such as agricultural growth. Dyson also stated during a 2007 interview with Salon that a warming climate didn’t concern him at all.

Below is an interview with Dr. Dyson recorded five years ago. Thank you for all you have done, Dr. Dyson. Rest in peace.

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