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Jonathan Miller: 'The greatest conversationalist I know'
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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I know Jonathan Miller and Jonathan is the greatest conversationalist I know. If you ever talk to him, you know, he becomes every person that he talks about. And he's marvellous. With Jonathan all you want to do is to keep him talking. You're not interested in… you're not really just having a conversation, you're just interested in just saying enough so he'll keep talking because it's so marvellous to hear him talk.

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: Jonathan Miller

Duration: 29 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 28 October 2011