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Phi Beta Kappa welcomes George Dyson, PhD, to Creighton for visiting scholar lecture

George Dyson, PhDThe Creighton University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nationís oldest and most esteemed honor society for the liberal arts and sciences, will host its annual visiting scholar Jan. 25 and 26.

This yearís visiting scholar is George Dyson, PhD, an independent historian of technology, who has charted the course of several crucial inventions and ideas in human history. His books have included studies on the baidarka, a kayak central to life for the Aleut people, the evolution of artificial intelligence, the potential for atomically powered space travel and the digital revolution brought about by the work of Alan Turing and others working to crack codes during World War II.

During Dysonís two-day campus visit, he will make three classroom appearances and deliver a lecture on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m., in the Harper Center, Room 3028. The lecture will highlight Dysonís work on artificial intelligence, including the book on which he is currently at work, a project titled Analogia that opens with the American governmentís brutal campaign against the Chiricahua Apache and ends with the digital revolution being subsumed by another movement.

The Jan. 25 lecture is free and open to the public.

In addition to his books, Dysonís work has also lectured widely and contributed to Scientific American, Nature, Forbes, Discover, Wired, The Atlantic, Make and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Dyson is the son of Freeman Dyson, a renowned theoretical physicist and mathematician. George Dysonís early life is documented in Kenneth Browerís The Starship and the Canoe.


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