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Hans Bethe


Marvin Minsky: 'One of nature's originals'
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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I did profile of him for The New Yorker, which I enjoyed very much and his home was, probably still is, filled with gadgets of all kinds because he was very, very interested in gadgets, electronics and things. And we went to the Artificial Intelligence Lab and he said, 'We have to be careful of that one, because it comes after people'. So it was one we had to be careful of. I think Marvin invented the word 'hacker' because he invented the notion of if you do a good thing, it's called a hack. I believe that's his word, 'hacker'. He's one of nature's originals.

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: The New Yorker, Marvin Minsky

Duration: 54 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 07 October 2011