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How I started writing for The New Yorker


Brookhaven National Lab: 'I was pretty unhappy'
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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I had at the time also a job offer from Brookhaven National Lab and I made a deal with them that I would go to do my National Science Foundation and then I would... I would come to Brookhaven for 6 months and then I'd go back to Europe for another 6 months and then come back to Brookhaven. That's the arrangement that I made with them. So after my wonderful year in France and Switzerland, I went to Brookhaven for my 6 months and I was pretty unhappy. I found it very isolated. The science was good, but I thought the life was really very, very unhappiness-making.

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: Brookhaven National Lab, National Science Foundation, Europe, France, Switzerland

Duration: 59 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 07 October 2011