George Dyson with Blaise Aguera y Arcas
An author who straddles many forms of boundary - in his writing and in being a citizen of both Canada and the U.S. - George Dyson is someone we’ve had a hand in presenting with his many books over the year, including his extraordinary debut, Baidarka, in 1986. He is virtually at Town Hall this evening for his newest, Analogia: The Emergence of Technology Beyond Programmable Control (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).
"Analogia is a work of originality and ambition unlike any you've encountered. George Dyson transmutes memoir, history, and forecast into a page-turning tale in which Geronimo, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Catherine the Great, Kurt Gödel, and Steller's sea cow play roles. It's no less the story of the magnificent Dysons, a larger-than-life family spanning physicist Freeman, mathematician Verena, tech influencer Esther, and the author himself, an off-the-grid public intellectual. Analogia offers more serious fun than a dozen of the usual bestsellers." —William Poundstone.
"This strange, beautiful, haunting work is like a kaleidoscope of stories, its pattern locking into place at the end. Mixing the rise of computation, the brutal wars on the Apache, the construction of ancient kayaks, and a host of other matters with the author's own remarkable story, George Dyson's book will stick in readers' minds long after they close its covers. Analogia belongs on the shelf that holds Naipaul's Enigma of Arrival and Sebald's Rings of Saturn. And it can stand proudly in their exalted company." —Charles Mann.
Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.