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Freeman Dyson and the good life
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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And [Freeman Dyson] leads a good life. He… there's no excess in his life and he walks every day and he's got a terrific family life. He's got tons of grandchildren and this relatively young wife who came to La Hoya as an au pair and he then married her. So he's got… you know, he's got all the markers. And I… as far as I know, he's got no physical problems that I'm aware of. I mean, he's… I'm not sure of his age. He's about five or six years older than I am so he's probably 86 or 87, I would think. But he's, you know, he's much tougher than he looks. He looks very thin. Well, he used to be. But he was quite physically strong.

But yes. I remember when we were at La Hoya, we once had dinner at a Hawaiian restaurant. He hated it. Just hated everything about it. Hated it. Liked nothing about it. Didn't like the food, didn't like the atmosphere, he didn't like anything about it.

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

Duration: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 28 October 2011