Dyson, Freeman. MAKER OF PATTERNS: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY THROUGH LETTERS. New York City, NY: Liveright, 2018. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 400 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's epistolary autobiography. Possibly, his valedictory book. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Freeman Dyson's "Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters". Told in epistolary form, his summing-up of an "evolutionary" life and mind while recounting the revolutionary advances in physics - and the sciences in general - at the same time. "Who but Freeman Dyson formulates physics while riding on a Greyhound bus through Iowa's cornfields? In other episodes, Dyson assesses with Godel equations for a rotating version of Einstein's universe, defends Feynman's quantum theorems against Oppenheimer's doubts, and explores with Bohr the prospects for a nuclear spaceship. Draws the substance of his narrative from letters he sent his parents between 1940 and 1980, letters in which he discloses the unscientific aspects of his life, including the joys of romance, marriage, and fatherhood as well as the trauma of divorce. Dyson never lets readers forget that, for all of their exceptional intellectual gifts, scientists live human lives defined more by family ties and friendships than by laboratory results" (Booklist). An absolute "must-have" title for Freeman Dyson collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Freeman Dyson. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. He signed on top of the page, making it even more prominent. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Freeman Dyson made only a few public appearances to celebrate the book's release. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest scientist/thinkers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER FREEMAN DYSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0871403862. $200.00

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