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The Templeton Prize


Freeman Dyson - superb physicist and superb mathematician
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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People who don’t know him, say he’s not a physicist, he’s a mathematician. That’s complete nonsense, he’s a superb physicist. He’s also a superb mathematician. He invented this reactor, a safe reactor, the TRIGA, which is used. And he has tremendous culture. He knows many languages and is very widely read in these languages. He’s a treasure, that fellow. He’s the only person that I know that I don’t begrudge the Templeton Prize to. That he got the million bucks from Templeton I think is just fine. The other people who got the million bucks like Polkinghorne and those people, they should give it back because they don’t deserve any money. Nor d'Espagnat and those people. I mean, they’re nice people but they don’t deserve any prizes. But Dyson, yes. He should get the million bucks. He also should have gotten the Nobel Prize. I thought that was very, very ridiculous, that he didn’t share it with those people.

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: Freeman Dyson, John C Polkinghorne, Bernard d'Espagnat

Duration: 1 minute, 13 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 28 October 2011