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The Starship and the Canoe

The Starship and the Canoe

ISBN 0060910305

Inspired by the starry-eyed visions of an Irish essayist, I started the summer of 2006 reading this gripping story of two remarkable men, a father and a son. From the back cover: "One searched for meaning in the stars above, the other in the sea below. Freeman Dyson, world-renowned astrophysicist, dreams of exploring the heavens and has designed a spaceship to take him there. George Dyson, a brilliant high school dropout, lives in a tree house and is designing a giant canoe to explore the icy coastal wilderness of Northwest America. Author Kenneth Brower describes with stunning impact their lives and their visions of the world. It is an extraordinary double portrait framed in the contexts of modern sicnce and the natural world."