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Beating the casino one minute, Operation Plumbbob the next


Travelling to the nuclear bomb test site
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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I think 30th August 1957, we left Los Alamos in a small plane. We flew to Albuquerque and took a commercial plane to Las Vegas. I had decided that... I was not going to ask any questions. My Q clearance came with a need to know and I had no need to know. And I was not going to ask any questions because I didn’t have a need to know. I’m sure I would run up against a blank wall and Carson would probably get angry with me and I’d be sent home or something so I didn’t ask any questions.

Born in 1929, Jeremy Bernstein is an American physicist, educator and writer known for the clarity of his writing for the lay reader on the major issues of modern physics. After graduating from Harvard University, Bernstein worked at Harvard and at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton. In 1962 he became an Associate Professor of Physics at New York University, and later a Professor of Physics at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, a position he continues to hold. He was also on the staff of The New Yorker magazine.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Operation Plumbbob

Duration: 52 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 07 September 2011