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Our Nuclear Dilemma: Conversation with Freeman Dyson, Professor of Physics, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton; 5/30/84 by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a conversation on our nuclear dilemma. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Freeman Dyson, book coverprofessor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Professor Dyson is the author of Disturbing the Universe and Weapons and Hope, which was serialized in the New Yorker and is now available from Harper and Row.

  1. Nuclear Weapons and Dialogue ... seeing both sides of the argument ... security and the nature of man ... J. Robert Oppenheimer
  2. Nuclear Weapons and Technology ... scientific inquisitiveness ... the warrior and victim dichotomy ... military's preoccupation with unusable weapons ... technical solutions ... technical follies ... Star Wars ... the necessity of arms control ... confusing ends and means ... the problem of verification
  3. Nuclear Weapons and the Future ... the concept of live and let live ... importance of public opinion ... slavery as an analogy ... the importance of moral outrage ... good political relations ... patience

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