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Brookhaven National Lab: 'I was pretty unhappy'


'It's not a good idea to get lost in Israel'
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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In the night, we… the three of us drove back to Tel Aviv and Hillman got lost. It’s not a good idea to get lost in Israel because everything is, like, 6 miles from the border. So we get lost and we come to this barbed wire fence and there’s these lights and things and guards and stuff. And I look up and it says Dimona. I didn’t know what that meant, but Hillman knew what it meant and we turned around and beat it. Of course, Dimona was where they were making the nuclear weapon and that was not a good place for us to be.

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: Israel, Tel-Aviv, Peter Hellman

Duration: 38 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 07 October 2011