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David Ben-Gurion's prediction


'Stick with me kid, I'll put you on Broadway'
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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I had a second year at the Institute, then I won this National Science Foundation fellowship, which gave me two years anywhere I wanted to go and where I wanted to go was to Paris because I had never been to Paris. And I discovered that Gell-Mann was going to Paris, Murray, and he was the hottest thing in the field. We'd been to school together, although he was three years ahead of me at that time. And he came to the Institute and… because I'd done some work on stuff that he had done so he was interested in that. And he came and he talked and he said, 'Well, what are you doing next year?' I said, 'Well I'm going to Paris on my NSF'. And he said, 'Well, I'm going to be in Paris'. I said, 'Oh, that's good'. Then he said, 'Stick with me kid, I'll put you on Broadway', is what he said.

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: National Science Foundation, Paris, Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton, Broadway, Murray Gell-Mann

Duration: 54 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 08 September 2011