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The Starship and the Canoe

The Starship and the Canoe, Revisited: An On the Same Page event

Panel Discussion | September 24 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room (315)


Kenneth Brower, Author; George Dyson, Author

Alvy Ray Smith

College of Letters & Science


Thirty-five years ago Kenneth Brower published The Starship and the Canoe, a moving, insightful double biography of astrophysicist Freeman Dyson and his son, our On the Same Page featured author George Dyson. Father and son are alike in their intensity and passion, but chose very different--some may say opposing--arenas in which to enact their brilliance. In the course of writing his book, Brower not only spent weeks canoeing in the wilderness with George Dyson, but also brought the Dysons back together after a period of estrangement. His involvement in their lives adds an unusual personal dimension to the book. In September the author and younger subject of The Starship and the Canoe will be reunited for an informal discussion of their experiences and subsequent insights, with lively moderation by Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith.


Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences

Free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-seated basis.

light refreshments afterward


alix@berkeley.edu, 510-642-8378