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My first article for The New Yorker


My first visit to The New Yorker offices
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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I went up to The New Yorker offices, which were not at all what I expected them to be. They looked like a sort of seedy office of a.... newspaper. They were kind of crowded and, you know, not at all what one would expect from The New Yorker. So anyway, I went to see him and talked for about… I bet we talked for about an hour, maybe longer. Just talked. He didn’t say much of anything, but he was listening intently while I was talking. And then, at the end of this, he said, 'I think there’s something you can do for us'. I said, 'Yes.' He said, 'You can write about science as a form of experience'. I said, 'Oh yes'. [He said,] 'Your experience'. I said, 'Well, alright, I can do that, yes'.

Then I went back to Brookhaven and I thought, my God, what does that mean? I mean, you know, I’d been asked to write for The New Yorker about science as a form of experience. I don’t have a clue as to what this means.

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, The New Yorker, William Shawn

Duration: 1 minute, 14 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 07 October 2011