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My profile of Hans Bethe is axed from The New Yorker


The Three Mile Island incident
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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Three Mile Island was a terrible blow to Bethe. I mean, it just... just went in the face of everything he'd been saying about nuclear energy. It's true that no one was injured in Three Mile Island but… and in the end, the safety measures worked reasonably well, but nonetheless it shouldn't have happened. And that it happened was a terrible, terrible blow to Bethe. One thing that he did was to produce and this is more… there's a German edition of my profile, the book with the profile and in that, he expanded a lot on what he said about Three Mile Island, but in my profile, there's things about Three Mile Island, also. The difficulty for me was that Shawn, who already hated nuclear energy, hated it even more.

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: Three Mile Island, Hans Bethe, Claude Shannon

Duration: 1 minute, 5 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 28 October 2011