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I got very interested in sports. I was on teams. I swam competitively. I played football, but I was terrible at it. And I did something in the spring, I don't know what I did, tennis or something.

So I was actually captain of the swimming team, although I was certainly not one of the better swimmers. And our team, in our category, we were national champions, and the highlight was the time we went up to swim against the Yale freshmen. Yale had the best swimming team in the world then, and we tied the Yale freshmen. I got a point in the 220 freestyle because there were only three swimmers, rather than four, so I had to get a point.

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: Yale University

Duration: 46 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 17 August 2011