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Losing respect for Felix G Rohatyn


Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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Rabi was another character. He was… I also was on his wavelength. I knew him, knew his wavelength very well. He was very tough and... but I knew where he lived, I knew where he was from, I understood him. I understood his Jewishness, I understood... his notions. When we would say, for example… I mean, when he was doing his studying and so on and finally had to do something, said, 'Then it was time to go tacheles'. I knew exactly what he meant. Tacheles means beans. Then it's time to put out the hard currency, the beans, go tacheles. I knew just what he meant, to go tacheles. So I… it was very easy to interview Rabi. He was… I have all the tapes, there are some wonderful things there. I gave some to his daughter. And... so he was… that was a very good experience.

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: Rabi

Duration: 1 minute, 22 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 28 October 2011