Wild River Review Travels to Outer Space (and New Jersey) with Freeman Dyson and Rush Holt

November 6, 2006

WRR 2006

November 6, 2006
Media Contact: Kim Nagy
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Wild River Review Travels to Outer Space (and New Jersey)

 with Freeman Dyson and Rush Holt
Presenting interviews with Templeton Award-winning scientist, Freeman Dyson
 and New Jersey’s Twelfth district congressman, Rush Holt

November 6, 2006 (Philadelphia, PA). Wild River Review explores the fascinating views of two major scientists, Freeman Dyson (Dyson’s book, “The Scientist as Rebel” will be published November 4th by New York Review Books) and Rush Holt (running for reelection on November 7th), as well as their interest and involvement in Quark Park, a garden celebrating art and science and the significance of science in the public realm.
Joy E. Stocke, Wild River Review’s Editor-in-Chief, interviews Freeman Dyson, the award-winning physicist involved in the 1950s space program called Orion. Discover the little town where Dyson grew up and a home life that instilled within Dyson a profound regard for intellectual discovery. Eventually hired by Robert Oppenheimer, “the father of the atomic bomb,” when Oppenheimer was director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, Dyson describes the thrill of discovering “equations and calculations that ended up meaning something in the real world.” Readers will learn how Dyson developed a deep love for mathematics “something I can’t remember not being in love with.”  Unafraid of controversy, Dyson discusses the highly complex (highly controversial) problems nuclear weapons pose, “That’s a problem I’ve been working on for most of my career, and it’s still one of our toughest.”

Dyson also explains why science is inherently international, “You can talk the same language whether it’s broken English, or broken Chinese, or broken Russian, or broken Iranian.” Plus outer space (and literary) enthusiasts will learn some of the latest discoveries about Enceledus, one of the moons of Saturn, as well as the types of books on Dyson’s reading list.

Kim Nagy and Chris Allen contribute an interview with Rush Holt, scientist and congressman for the 12th district in New Jersey. Holt, who was thrilled to be paired with Freeman Dyson at Princeton’s Quark Park, recounts a growing divide between scientists and non-scientists and feels strongly that science deserves a wider role in the public realm. Learn how Holt’s experience as a physicist (Holt was former director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) still influences his perspective on public policy today.

Holt also talks about the importance of community projects such as Quark Park, which transformed a temporarily vacant lot into a thriving public garden, and encouraged citizens to discover science for themselves. “One of the wonderful things about Quark Park is that it really tries to integrate science into life and into art.”

Plus new fiction, art, poetry, and more.

Wild River Review maintains a quarterly theme but updates content throughout each month. The publication continually searches for, and offers, high-quality inventive voices, experimental themes, diverse subjects, and riveting images from around the world. It is the creation of a team of professional writers and artists who form the eclectic cabal known as the Wild River Gang.