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Lee and Yang: the break-up


William Shawn
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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I was called in one day to see him and I was surprised because my piece was on the floor, and he'd cut things out and he was moving them around physically. And then he gave me a three-page thing, which I have with questions. And those three pages were the only writing course I ever had and they were extraordinary, about what we wanted and we don't use indirection and all these questions and so on, which really were a terrific writing lesson.

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: William Shawn

Duration: 40 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 07 October 2011