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PHILLIP F. SCHEWE works at the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland, where he is director of communication. He has a PhD in physics but has spent most of his career as a writer, chiefly as an explainer and popularizer of science. In addition, he has written numerous plays, which have been performed in New York, Washington, DC, and elsewhere. His previous book, "The Grid," a history of the impact of electricity on society, was called by NPR one of the top science books of the year for 2007. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.


A compelling biography of a true renaissance man: Freeman Dyson, an iconoclastic scientist who writes like a poet and has stirred controversy over his views on climate change. By masterfully intertwining the multiple threads of Dyson's life, this book has become a tapestry that illustrates the complexity of a passionate genius who cares deeply about the fate of humanity and has made major contributions to quantum physics, advanced mathematics, nuclear arms control, national security, and the reconciliation between science and religion. Charles D. Ferguson, president of the Federation of American Scientists and author of Nuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know A fascinating account of an iconoclastic scientific polymath and the lively collection of scientists who were his friends. "Kirkus" A lively excellent introduction to the history of the U.S. electricity system for general readers. "The Wall Street Journal, on The Grid " Riveting...An outstanding historical narrative. "Nature on The Grid" Electrifying. "Cleveland Plain-Dealer on The Grid" Entertaining and enlightening. "Publishers Weekly on The Grid""

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