44 quotes found by Freeman Dyson

Freeman Dyson
Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.
Technology  life  god  # 101946
Freeman Dyson
A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering.
good  design  Few  # 101947
Freeman Dyson
Every orchid or rose or lizard or snake is the work of a dedicated and skilled breeder. There are thousands of people, amateurs and professionals, who devote their lives to this business. Now imagine what will happen when the tools of genetic engineering become accessible to these people.
work  Business  Lives  # 101948
Freeman Dyson
Successful technologies often begin as hobbies. Jacques Cousteau invented scuba diving because he enjoyed exploring caves. The Wright brothers invented flying as a relief from the monotony of their normal business of selling and repairing bicycles.
Business  Often  Successful  # 101949
Freeman Dyson
The PhD system is the real root of the evil of academic snobbery. People who have PhDs consider themselves a priesthood, and inventors generally don't have PhDs.
Themselves  evil  System  # 101950
Freeman Dyson
I see a bright future for the biotechnology industry when it follows the path of the computer industry, the path that von Neumann failed to foresee, becoming small and domesticated rather than big and centralized.
future  Rather  Small  # 101951
Freeman Dyson
The idea that global warming is the most important problem facing the world is total nonsense and is doing a lot of harm.
Problem  Global  nonsense  # 101952
Freeman Dyson
We have no reason to think that climate change is harmful if you look at the world as a whole. Most places, in fact, are better off being warmer than being colder. And historically, the really bad times for the environment and for people have been the cold periods rather than the warm periods.
Environmental  change  Times  # 101953
Freeman Dyson
Aviation is the branch of engineering that is least forgiving of mistakes.
mistakes  forgiving  Branch  # 101954
Freeman Dyson
What the world needs is a small, compact, flexible fusion technology that could make electricity where and when it is needed. The existing fusion program is leading to a huge source of centralized power, at a price that nobody except a government can afford.
power  government  Technology  # 101955
Freeman Dyson
Just because you see pictures of glaciers falling into the ocean doesn't mean anything bad is happening. This is something that happens all the time. It's part of the natural cycle of things. We know from measurements that glaciers have been melting for 200 years at least.
time  Mean  Natural  # 101956
Freeman Dyson
Many of the technologies that are now racing ahead most rapidly, replacing human workers in factories and offices with machines, making stockholders richer and workers poorer, are indeed tending to accentuate the existing inequalities in the distribution of wealth.
wealth  Ahead  Indeed  # 101957
Freeman Dyson
Biology is now bigger than physics, as measured by the size of budgets, by the size of the workforce, or by the output of major discoveries; and biology is likely to remain the biggest part of science through the twenty-first century.
science  Biggest  Major  # 101958
Freeman Dyson
Unfortunately the global warming hysteria, as I see it, is driven by politics more than by science.
politics  science  Global  # 101959
Freeman Dyson
It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment.
humor  problems  deep  # 101960
Freeman Dyson
There is a great satisfaction in building good tools for other people to use.
good  Great  Use  # 101961