Nuclear Family

Rudolf Peierls

  • Disturbing the Universe by Freeman Dyson
    Harper and Row, 283 pp, £6.95, November 1979, ISBN 0 06 011108 9

The most striking thing about this book is how well it is written. Each word is right for its place, the images are apt, and the quotations expressive. In explaining that his style is not that of the social scientists, the author says: ‘The methodology of this book is literary rather than analytical. This is the result of my upbringing and background.’ The outcome is a work which it is a pleasure to read, even in places where one cannot agree. For believers in the ‘Two Cultures’, this writing by a scientist would be hard to classify.

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