George Dyson at Ignite Seattle 15

We’re pleased to add science historian and maker, George Dyson to this weekend’s Ignite Seattle roster.

George Dyson – Alan Turing: The first 100 years

Alan Mathison Turing (1912-1954), conceived one hundred years ago, conceived the Universal Turing Machine in 1936: the common denominator that brings science and tech together.

More about George Dyson

From his TED bio page:

A member of the fabulous Dyson clan, George Dyson is sometimes defined as a son-of and a brother-of, but he has found his own voice as a chronicler and a philosopher of science and the future. The son of physicist Freeman Dyson, George grew up inside one of the most fervid hotbeds of scientific research in the Atomic Age. He spent his early adulthood living in a treehouse, and designing and building Aleutian kayaks (chronicled in his book Baidarka: The Kayak). While he maintains his kayak business now, his parallel interest in science and the future has brought him to the fore.

Here’s a TED talk George did in 2002 detailing the top secret Project Orion, a nuclear powered spacecraft that could have taken us to Saturn in five years.

Ignite Seattle 15 details

Reminder, Ignite Seattle is this Saturday, August 20 at the Fremont Outdoor Cinema and we’ve got a fantastic lineup.

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