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Jonathan Miller: 'The greatest conversationalist I know'


Lewis Thomas
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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I did a profile of Lewis Thomas. It wasn't very good. I didn't know Lewis Thomas. It was suggested that I do it, that we would have things to say to each other but he didn't have much time and I felt I just did this job of work. It was not a labour of love particularly, though I admired him. I didn't think that that was one of my better enterprises.

I did a lot of Talk of The Town, a lot of it on the theatre. A lot of book reviews. I looked up, on The New Yorker site, I have signed or unsigned, I think about 150 things that I wrote over the 35 years. So it was a great thing. It was a great activity for me.

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: New Yorker, Talk of the Town, Lewis Thomas

Duration: 52 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 28 October 2011