George Dyson is a boatbuilder, designer, and historian of technology, whose interests and writings have included the development (and redevelopment) of the Aleut kayak (Baidarka, 1986), the evolution of digital computing and telecommunications (Darwin Among the Machines, 1997), and a path not taken into space (Project Orion, 2002). His latest book, Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe (2012), illuminates the transition from numbers that mean things to numbers that do things in the aftermath of World War II.
A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Dyson lives in Bellingham, Washington, and has lectured widely, appeared in numerous documentaries and television interviews, and contributed articles to Scientific American, Nature, Forbes, Discover, Wired, and Make magazines. His early adventures, contrasted with those of his father, physicist Freeman Dyson, were the subject of Kenneth Brower's classic 1978 dual biography The Starship and the Canoe.
Dyson, who never graduated from high school, managed to avoid formal education while still producing academic work. At the age of 19, he built a treehouse 95 feet up in a Douglas fir on the shores of Burrard Inlet in British Columbia and lived there for three years--an experience that still frames his view of the world.