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How my tantrum saved my article


My profile of Hans Bethe is axed from The New Yorker
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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Now what happened is that... the piece was scheduled to be published in January of whatever year it was and in three parts. It was a very long piece. Three parts is very long. It's a book. And two checkers had been assigned to it, an editor and two checkers, and we had worked very, very hard because there was a lot of things to be checked. A lot of technical things about energy and a lot of things that were… we worked very, very hard. And I had given up my Christmas vacation for this. I was going to go away and I had said this is more important than my vacation so I'm just going to dedicate myself to this. And it was on the schedule for January. And I came into The New Yorker office one day and you could see the schedules and my thing wasn't there. It was gone. So I asked the checkers, you know, 'When is it rescheduled?' They said, 'Well, it isn't rescheduled'. I went into Shawn's office and I had a tantrum.

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, Hans Bethe, Claude Shannon

Duration: 1 minute, 17 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 28 October 2011